Born and raised in Timmins, Charlie was elected as Member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay in 2004, and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He entered federal politics to stop the continual erosion of Northern Ontario's voice on the national scene. As part of Tom Mulcair’s NDP team, Charlie is seeking a fresh mandate to fight for the results our communities deserve.
Charlie has a well-earned reputation as one of the hardest working MPs in Ottawa. He is currently the ethics, privacy and access to information spokesperson for the NDP. He is one of the NDP’s most visible MPs on the national stage holding Stephen Harper’s government to account.
Maclean’s magazine has named Charlie ‘Top Constituency MP in Canada’ and named Charlie in Canada’s ‘Top 25 Most influential Power List.’ In 2006, the Toronto Star chose Charlie Angus as one of the ten most effective opposition members of Parliament.
Charlie is well-known across Canada as a passionate spokesman for working people. As a writer, broadcaster and musician, he has championed the resource-dependent communities of the north. The late Peter Gzowski referred to Charlie Angus as the "poet laureate of Northern Ontario." He has published six books on the mining culture of the north. He has also been a regular contributor to CBC, TVO and national newspapers.
Charlie is the recipient of numerous Canadian Church Press awards for his writing. In 1999 he was honoured by Sudbury's Festival Boreal with a special award for his "Outstanding Contribution to Northern Culture." In 2014 he received the second annual Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Speaker’s book award for Unlikely Radicals, a book on the Adams Mine Dump
Charlie was a major organizer in the fight to stop the Adams Mine dump and the battle to stop toxic waste imports into the region. He is committed to preserving the vitality of northern resource-based communities.
Charlie has made a national name for himself for fighting for every constituent in his riding including the fights he has led over the crisis-ridden Cree communities on the James Bay Coast. He was a development officer and negotiator for the Algonquin Nation in Quebec. He worked with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake on their co-management plan for their traditional territory.
Charlie has been active in a number of musical projects—including the punk DIY pioneers L’etranger and the nationally-recognized Grievous Angels. The group has garnered a number of Juno nominations and other awards.
He served as a trustee for the Northeast District Catholic School Board.
Charlie Angus was born in Timmins in November 1962, a child of gold-miners who had emigrated to the north from Scotland and Cape Breton. During the 1980s, Charlie and his wife Brit Griffin (married for 21 years) ran a Catholic Worker house for homeless people in downtown Toronto. In 1990 they moved to Cobalt, Ontario to raise their daughters: Mariah, Siobhan and Lola.