"I'm often asked the question, "What got you into politics?"

 

I always think back to a cold October night in 2000, when I stood on a makeshift barricade on the Adams Mine Road. Across the road, police were lining up for mass arrests. But the people who were holding the line weren't radicals, they were my neighbours - many of them senior citizens and farmers. Up until that moment, I had never considered a life in politics... as I stood on that barricade, I realized that the people who should have been there to protect the public interest had sold us out."

- Charlie Angus, from his book Unlikely Radicals

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Charlie's STORY

Charlie Angus has been the Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Timmins-James Bay since 2004. He is a member of the New Democratic Party and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and is the NDP Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Youth). Charlie ran as a candidate in the 2017 NDP Federal Leadership Race. Charlie lives in Cobalt, Ontario with his wife, Brit. They have three daughters and a dog named Attila.

 

Charlie Angus in Cobalt with family
Charlie Angus in Cobalt carrying firewood
Charlie Angus in Cobalt building a greenhouse

Early Years 
 

Charlie was born in Timmins, Ontario on November 14, 1962. His father, son of a miner, dropped out of school to get a job but in his 40s went to university to become a professor of economics. His mother took care of the family while taking night courses to further her education. Growing up, the Angus home was full of music and debate. After hearing The Clash's first album, Charlie began to imagine how a kid from Nowhere could get active in politics and maybe help change the world.