Angus to step aside as NDP caucus chair


OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Charlie Angus is expected to step aside as NDP caucus chair today as he eyes a possible leadership bid.

The 54-year-old northern Ontario MP, who also serves as his party’s indigenous affairs critic, is mulling his options as New Democrats look to replace Tom Mulcair as leader in October 2017.

Angus, first elected in 2004, is an outspoken advocate for indigenous communities, including Attawapiskat First Nation — a reserve in his riding that garnered international headlines last spring for a series of youth suicides.

Quebec MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau is expected to replace Angus as caucus chair.

The party’s leadership race remains wide open.

British Columbia MP Peter Julian recently stepped down as the party’s House leader to consider a leadership run, but he hasn’t officially entered the race.