Growing up in a working-class family of Newfoundland-Labrador and Scottish people, Andy became politically active as a university student, working between academic years to continue his education. Andy was involved in a union certification campaign at his workplace with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Andy was a member of the formation group that built an African National Congress chapter in Montreal, fighting in solidarity to end apartheid in South Africa.

Andy has taught Popular Culture at universities in Canada and the US and is outspoken for free education. “Raise corporate taxes; expand public health care,” Andy says, calling for dental, vision, pharma, and long-term care.

Andy and his wife cared for his elderly mother in their Sargent Park home for 5 years until her death in 2018.

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