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Former Newfoundland Liberal to run in federal election as an Independent

08/11/2015 01:17 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 05:59 EDT

PARADISE, N.L. — A former Liberal MP in Newfoundland and Labrador will run in the federal election as an Independent candidate in Avalon.

Scott Andrews says one person can make a difference and refused to discuss the sexual harassment allegation that saw him leave Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's caucus earlier this year.

He said Tuesday that the controversy is behind him as his wife and official agent, Susan Mosher, stood by his side.

"We're moving on,'' Andrews said when reporters asked if he would ever explain exactly what happened between him and a female New Democrat MP at the centre of the allegation.

Mosher also declined comment on the claims against her husband.

"It was a difficult time,'' she said, adding that the couple wants to focus on the future.

Andrews made the announcement in Paradise outside St. John's. The region is now part of Avalon after electoral boundary changes.

Andrews says an Independent MP could be especially effective if a minority government is elected Oct. 19.

He left the Liberals in March after representing Avalon for the party since 2008.

Andrews sat as an Independent over the allegation of sexual harassment, which he has said is unsubstantiated.

In a recent letter to constituents, he accused Trudeau of "unprofessional'' actions that he said stripped him of his right to fair process and defence.

Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti also sat as an Independent after similar allegations were made against him by another female New Democrat MP.

He has confirmed he wouldn't seek re-election.

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