Nfld. & Labrador

'There's lots of regrets': Scott Andrews says his political career is over

Defeated MP Scott Andrews refused to say what they were, but acknowledged Monday night that he is leaving politics with "a lot of regrets."

Incumbent MP finishes a distant second with 7,501 votes in Avalon

Scott Andrews

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Defeated Avalon MP Scott Andrews spoke with reporters following his loss Monday in the federal election.

Defeated MP Scott Andrews refused to say what they were, but acknowledged Monday night that he is leaving politics with "a lot of regrets."

The support that Andrews enjoyed in the 2008 and 2011 elections collapsed as the controversial Independent MP  received just under 18 per cent of the total votes.

"I think my time in politics has come to an end," he told reporters, adding that he plans to spend more time with his family, and "dust off the resume" and start looking for a job.

"I'm only 41 years old so you get up and you go to work the next day and that's part of it," he said.

Andrews's political career went into a tailspin 11 months ago when he was suspended from the Liberal caucus over allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unidentified NDP MP.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau expelled Andrews and fellow MP Massimo Pacetti in March following an investigation.

A 'long old road'

Andrews has continually denied any wrongdoing, and details have never been disclosed. 

He refused to comment on the controversy that likely ended his political career, but acknowledged it's been a "long old road."

Andrews has been involved with elected politics for 23 years, and was first elected to Parliament in 2008.

He won re-election in 2011, and appeared set to play a role in the resurgence of the Liberal party under Trudeau.

He'll now have to pursue other opportunities.

"I'm done with politics," he said, but added, "I've had a great run."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terry Roberts is a reporter with CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, and is based in St. John’s. He previously worked for The Telegram, The Compass and The Northern Pen newspapers during a career that began in 1991. He can be reached by email at: Terry.Roberts@cbc.ca.

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