Charlie Angus is the Ethics, Privacy, Access to Information and Government Accountability spokesman for the Federal New Democratic Party. Over the last 10 years he served as the New Democratic Party’s spokesman on Digital Issues, Agriculture, Arts and Heritage, and Government Operations.
Charlie Angus was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1962.
In the early 1980s, Angus was a founding member of the Canadian punk Band L’Etranger with now fellow MP Andrew Cash.
He formed the band Grievous Angels in 1985 and toured across Canada many times. The band was nominated for two Juno Awards. Their seventh album Great Divide was released in 2013.
In the 1980s Angus and his wife Brit Griffin founded a Catholic Worker House for the homeless in Toronto.
In 1990, he moved his young family to Cobalt, Ontario and started HighGrader Magazine.
He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous PCB import plans to Northern Ontario.
Angus is the author of six published books. His latest work “Unlikely Radicals: the Story of the Adams Mine Dump War” was the recipient of the Speaker’s Award for best book about Ontario in 2013.
Angus was first elected to the House in 2004. He has been a passionate advocate for the rights of First Nation children and was the co-founder the “Shannen’s Dream” campaign – named in honour of the late Cree youth leader Shannen Koostachin.
In 2011, Angus’ Parliamentary Motion “Shannen's Dream” calling for an end to the systemic underfunding of First Nation education passed unanimously through the House of Commons.
In 2011, CTV Power Play voted Angus one of the TOP THREE MPs of the year along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the late Jack Layton.
In 2012, Zoomer Magazine voted Angus one of the TOP THREE most influential Canadians over the age of 45.
Angus lives in Cobalt, Ontario with his wife of 30 years. They have three children.
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