NDP lead­er­ship race ex­pands with An­gus en­ter­ing the fold

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — North­ern On­tario MP Charlie An­gus has of­fi­cially en­tered the NDP lead­er­ship race — a com­pe­ti­tion that’s likely to start gain­ing steam with a de­bate next month in Ot­tawa. An­gus says the lead­er­ship race will be about re­new­ing the NDP — a party punted to third-party sta­tus in the House of Com­mons af­ter the 2015 elec­tion.

An­gus, long an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate on in­dige­nous is­sues, says his pol­i­tics have al­ways been rooted at the com­mu­nity level and he plans to spend the cam­paign con­nect­ing with the party’s base.

An­gus joins B.C. MP Peter Ju­lian as the only two can­di­dates of­fi­cially in the race to re­place Tom Mul­cair. Que­bec MP Guy Caron, Man­i­toba MP Niki Ash­ton and deputy On­tario NDP leader Jag­meet Singh are also said to be con­sid­er­ing bids. The first lead­er­ship de­bate will be held in Ot­tawa on March 12, with vot­ing sched­uled to take place in Oc­to­ber.

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