Scott Armstrong (politician)

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Scott Armstrong
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 9, 2009
Preceded by Bill Casey
Personal details
Born (1966-07-09) July 9, 1966 (age 48)
Truro, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative
Profession Teacher

Scott Armstrong (born July 9, 1966) is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a Conservative member to represent the electoral district of Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley in the federal by-elections on November 9, 2009.

Background[edit]

Armstrong graduated from Cobequid Education Centre in 1984. He graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts. He then went on to earn a Master of Social Science Education from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Armstrong was an elementary school principal for over 10 years. Armstrong was principal at Tatamagouche Elementary School in the early 2000s, during which the school was named one of the top forty schools in Canada. He was also principal at Truro Elementary School in 2008 and 2009.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Armstrong is married to Tammy Stewart.

Community involvement[edit]

Armstrong is a volunteer on the Children's Aid Society Board and the Hospital Foundation Board.[2] Armstrong is a former president and longstanding volunteer of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, and volunteer with the Conservative Party.[3]

Politics[edit]

Armstrong is the Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. Armstrong has been named chairman of the federal Conservative Atlantic caucus. The Atlantic caucus has 14 members. Armstrong replaced New Brunswick MP Mike Allen.[4]

40th Parliament[edit]

Independent MP Bill Casey resigned from his seat in the House of Commons in April 2009 to become Nova Scotia's senior representative for the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs in Ottawa.[5] Following his resignation, a by-election was held November 9, 2009 to fill the seat for the federal riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

Scott Armstrong ran for the Conservative Party and won the seat after garnering 11,167 votes - 45.8%, defeating Liberal candidate Jim Burrows, NDP candidate Mark Austin, Green Party candidate Jason Blanch, Christian Heritage Party candidate Jim Hnatiuk and Independent candidate Kate Graves.[6]

Armstrong served as a member on the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.[7]

During the 40th Parliament, Armstrong sponsored a Private Member's Bill, Bill C-636 – An Act Respecting the Marine Mammals Regulations (Seal Fishery Observation Licence). The bill would have increased the distance that a person must maintain from another person who is fishing for seals. Bill C-636 did not go beyond first reading.[8]

41st Parliament[edit]

Armstrong ran successfully for re-election on May 2, 2011. Earning 21,041 votes -52.5%, he defeated Liberal candidate Jim Burrows, NDP candidate Wendy Robinson, Green Party candidate Jason Blanch and Christian Heritage Party candidate Jim Hnatiuk.[9]

Armstrong served as a member on the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11, the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedures, the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and its Subcommittee on Private Members' Business, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities, and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.[10]

Armstrong served as Member of Panel of Chairs from September 28, 2011 to September 13, 2013.

Armstrong was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development on September 19, 2013.[11]

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