Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame
Scott Simms was first elected as Liberal Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor in June 2004. He was re-elected in 2015 in the new constituency of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame.
Simms has served as member of two House of Commons Standing Committees: Canadian Heritage and Fisheries and Oceans. He has also sat on four Liberal caucus committees, the Cities and Communities committee formed to deal with the gas tax distribution, the Employment Insurance Reform committee, the Expenditure Review Committee and the Forestry Committee. He has been the critic for Fisheries and Oceans and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Simms graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor in Commerce and from Loyalist College diploma in journalism. Before entering politics, Simms worked for The Weather Network, prior to which he had worked as a radio reporter in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.
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 by-election in the Beauséjour riding.
Simms was an active campaigner for the “No” side in the 1995 Quebec referendum.
Born and raised in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland, Mr. Simms has always been very active in community and family life. He has one son.