Andy Scott (politician)
Robert Andrew "Andy" Keith Scott, Liberal Member of Parliament representing the electoral district of Fredericton. He was a member the Cabinet of Canada, most recently serving as the eighteenth Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (2004–2006).(March 16, 1955 – June 24, 2013) was a
|Member of Parliament|
October 25, 1993 – October 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Bud Bird|
|Succeeded by||Keith Ashfield|
Robert Andrew Keith Scott
March 16, 1955
Fredericton, New Brunswick
|Died||June 24, 2013 58) (aged|
Fredericton, New Brunswick
|Spouse(s)||Denise Cameron Scott|
|Residence||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
Scott was born in 1955 in Fredericton, New Brunswick and grew up in Barker's Point, a working-class neighbourhood. He was the only son in a family of four children. His parents both supported the Liberal Party, with his father especially an avid volunteer. The family business involved making cement blocks and fireplaces for houses. His father also volunteered for a summer camp for disabled children.
In the late 1980s he was a senior civil servant with the provincial Liberal government of Frank McKenna. He ran for in the 1993 federal election, and won convincingly, becoming the first Liberal MP elected from Fredericton in 40 years.
He was re-elected in the 1997 election and was named Solicitor General of Canada. In 1998, New Democratic Party MP Dick Proctor said he overheard Scott on an airplane talking about several sensitive national matters, including the then-ongoing Vancouver Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) inquiry. Scott was alleged to have stated that several Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers (who had used pepper spray against protesters) would take the blame at the end of it all. He denied prejudging the outcome, but later resigned his post as Solicitor General.
In an incident in the fall of 2003, Scott was hospitalised after being physically assaulted by a constituent angry over his government's support for same sex marriage.
Scott returned to the Cabinet in December 2003, when he was named Minister of State for Infrastructure by Paul Martin. Following the 2004 federal election he was promoted to the position of Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
On March 5, 2007, he announced that he would not seek reelection in the 2008 federal election.
On October 22, 2008 it was announced that Andy Scott would assume a research post in social policy at the University of New Brunswick.
Scott died of cancer on June 24, 2013 at the age of 58, from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Mackrael, Kim (July 13, 2013). "New Brunswick's voice in Ottawa: Whether at a formal policy meeting or at the farmers' market in Fredericton, the MP always wanted to hear constituents' concerns", The Globe and Mail, p. S12.
- "Andy Scott to lead new social policy research network at the University of New Brunswick"
- "Former cabinet minister Andy Scott dies in Fredericton". CBC News. June 25, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
|27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Andy Mitchell||Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
|Minister of State (Infrastructure)
|Special Cabinet Responsibilities|
|Denis Coderre||Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Herb Gray||Solicitor General of Canada