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Charlie throws hat in ring for NDP leadership

Veteran Timmins-James Bay MP seeking party's top job
Angus speaks at Chamber debate
NDP incumbent Charlie Angus speaks at Chamber of Commerce debate. Andrew Autio for TimminsToday.

In a move that is of little surprise, longtime Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus has confirmed he is entering the race to become the next leader of the New Democratic Party. 

The 54 year old Angus made the announcement at a rally at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. 

Since the moment of confirmation, Angus' social media platforms have been posting up a storm.

On Twitter, Angus posted:

"Together we will breathe new life into the progressive movement in our country with a vision of authenticity, optimism, and pragmatism."

He bluntly expressed his vision.

"When we are divided from each other, we lose sight of the fact that the real division that exists in this country is economic."

The NDP critic for Indigenous Affairs also took a jab at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

"When it comes to knowing who the middle class is, Justin Trudeau and I are just from two different worlds."

Of course, Angus chirping Trudeau isn't new. On February 1, he told TimminsToday that "Trudeau's word means nothing" in response the federal Liberals cancelling their election promise of electoral reform.

Angus becomes just the second confirmed candidate for the leadership joining New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian. 

Tom Mulcair, who has been the party leader since 2012, was defeated at a leadership review in April of 2016, but will remain in charge until the party officially elects a new leader.

The NDP leadership election will take place in October.

Andrew Autio, freelance

About the Author: Andrew Autio, freelance

Andrew Autio is a Timmins-based freelance journalist
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