Charlie Angus has been the outspoken NDP MP for Timmins–James Bay since 2004. He has been named the top constituency MP by Maclean’s Magazine and one of the top 10 most effective opposition members in the House of Commons by the Toronto Star. Angus may be best known for his work with the Attawapiskat First Nation during their housing crisis.
On February 26, 2017, Angus officially joined the race to replace Thomas Mulcair as leader of the federal NDP. The leadership election will take place in October 2017. His campaign has focused on prioritizing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and addressing inequality across Canada.
Angus entered politics to be a voice for northern Ontario. He was born and raised in Timmins. The late CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski once called Angus the poet laureate of Northern Ontario. He is the author of six books on northern mining culture and his latest, “Children of the Broken Treaty”, about Shannen Koostachin and Shannen’s Dream, a project pushing for safe schools and culturally-based education for First Nations in Canada. In 1999 Angus received a special award from Sudbury’s Festival Boreal for outstanding contribution to northern culture. In 2014 he was honoured with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Speaker’s book award for his book, “Unlikely Radicals” on the campaign to keep the open pit Adams Mine from becoming a landfill for garbage from Toronto. Angus was heavily involved in the campaign.
Angus is well-known as a musician. He was a member of the band L’étranger, along with former NDP MP Andrew Cash, and the Grievous Angels.
Angus is married to Brit Griffin, a Canadian journalist, with whom he co-founded a homeless shelter in Toronto. They have three grown daughters.
Before entering politics, Angus was a development officer and negotiator for the Algonquin Nation in Quebec and also worked with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake on their co-management plan for their traditional territory.