Andy Scott (politician)

Robert Andrew "Andy" Keith Scott, PC (March 16, 1955 – June 24, 2013) was a 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).

Andy Scott
Member of Parliament
for Fredericton
In office
October 25, 1993  October 14, 2008
Preceded byBud Bird
Succeeded byKeith Ashfield
Personal details
Robert Andrew Keith Scott

(1955-03-16)March 16, 1955
Fredericton, New Brunswick
DiedJune 24, 2013(2013-06-24) (aged 58)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Denise Cameron Scott
ResidenceFredericton, New Brunswick
Professionpublic servant

Early life

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.[1]

Political career

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.

After politics

On October 22, 2008 it was announced that Andy Scott would assume a research post in social policy at the University of New Brunswick.[2]


Scott died of cancer on June 24, 2013 at the age of 58, from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[1][3]


  1. 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.
  2. "Andy Scott to lead new social policy research network at the University of New Brunswick"
  3. "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)
Predecessor Office Successor
Andy Mitchell Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Jim Prentice
  Minister of State (Infrastructure)
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Denis Coderre Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Jim Prentice
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Herb Gray Solicitor General of Canada
Lawrence MacAulay
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