|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame
Assumed office |
June 28, 2004
|Preceded by||Rex Barnes|
|Chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans|
February 16, 2016 – April 19, 2018
|Preceded by||Rodney Weston|
August 12, 1969|
Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland
|Residence||Norris Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador|
In 1990, while a student at Mount Allison University, Simms got his first taste of politics and campaigning when he acted as the official agent and campaign manager for Brian Gold the Rhinoceros Party candidate in a federal byelection in the Beauséjour riding. Simms graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor in Commerce and Loyalist College in Journalism. Before entering elected politics, Simms worked for The Weather Network, prior to which he had worked as a radio reporter in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. He was an active campaigner for the "No" side in the 1995 Quebec referendum.
He was elected in the 2004 election and beat out four other candidates, including Conservative incumbent Rex Barnes. Simms was re-elected on Jan. 23, 2006, beating Conservative candidate Aaron Hynes by approximately 5,000 votes. On May 2, 2011, Simms was again re-elected, defeating Hynes in a re-match by approximately 9,200 votes, with a total of 17,895 votes in his riding.
He is a member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Since January 18, 2006, he has been the critic for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He was the critic for the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency from February 23, 2006 until January 17, 2007.
Scott Simms is also now known by a number of people who live on the west coast of Ireland following the epic voyage of one of his election posters across the Atlantic Ocean to Keem Bay in the village of Dooagh on Achill Island, County Mayo. The story was published by a local news paper called The Mayo News after a lifeguard at the beach, Conal Dixon, found the poster washed up on the sand.
In 2012, Simms was the only Liberal to join the Conservatives in voting to repeal controversial section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which allows the Canadian Human Rights Commission to punish people who communicate by phone or Internet any material "that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt."
In 2013, Simms was courted by the supporters in the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador to run for the provincial leadership in the 2013 leadership election, but ultimately declined to focus on federal politics. Simms was re-elected in the 2015 federal election.
In April 2018, Simms was removed as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans as a result of voting in favour of a Conservative party motion opposing changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame|
|Conservative||Kevin George O'Brien||6,479||18.28||–12.03||–|
|New Democratic||Claudette Menchenton||2,175||6.14||–7.48||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||35,448||100.0||$237,840.36|
|Total rejected ballots||145||0.41||–|
|Liberal notional hold||Swing||+15.96|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor|
|New Democratic||Clyde Bridger||4,306||13.82||+1.31|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||31,157||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||151||0.48||-0.02|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor|
|New Democratic||Jason Holley||3,577||12.51||+5.5|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||28,588||100.00||$92,537|
|Total rejected ballots||145||0.50||0.00|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor|
|New Democratic||Sandra Cooze||2,668||7.0||-1.1||$10|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||38,175||100.0||$86,380|
|Total rejected ballots||190||0.50||-0.03|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Bonavista—Exploits|
|New Democratic||Samuel Robert McLean||2,667||8.05||-2.14||$1,870.00|
|Green||Ed Sailor White||367||1.11||–||$275.00|
|Independent||John Lannon||344||1.04||–||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||33,134||100.0||–||$84,760|
|Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots||178||0.53|
|Liberal notional hold||Swing||-7.12|
|Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Change for the Conservatives is based on the combined totals from the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance.|
- "SIMMS, Scott, B.Comm". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "CBC — Canada Votes 2006 - Candidates and Ridings". Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
- "CBC — Canada Votes 2004". Archived from the original on July 12, 2004. Retrieved July 12, 2004.
- Canadian poster in Achill! The Mayo News, October 2, 2007
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
- Higgins, Kevin (8 February 2013). "The Telegram>News>Local Simms says he will not be seeking the leadership of the province's Liberal Party". The St. John's Telegram. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "Scott Simms victorious in new riding". The Norwester. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "N.L. MP Scott Simms removed as fisheries chair after breaking with Liberal party line". CBC News. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates