Charlie Angus has been the Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. He has been the NDP Critic for Treasury Board, Privacy and Ethics, FedNor, and Indigenous Affairs and has been the national caucus chair for the New Democratic Party.
In 2011, CTV Power Play voted Charlie one of the Top Three MPs of the year along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the late Jack Layton. He has been voted Top Constituency MP in Canada and consistently voted among the most effective opposition MPs in the House of Commons.
He has been active on many key issues including a national digital strategy, copyright reform, more open government, a national palliative care strategy, economic development, and the fight for equal rights for First Nation children.
Charlie is also the author of seven books, including the award winning books Unlikely Radicals and Children of the Broken Treaty. He is a sought-after lecturer and his works are part of many university curriculums.
Charlie was the founding member of the legendary Toronto punk band L’étranger along with singer Andrew Cash. He currently is the lead singer for the Canadian band Grievous Angels. They have been nominated for two Juno nominations and released their seventh album The Great Divide in 2013. The late Peter Gzowski once called him “the poet laureate of Northern Ontario.” From 1995-2004 Charlie and his wife Brit Griffin published HighGrader Magazine, a cultural and political journal of the north. In the 1980s Charlie and Brit ran a Catholic Worker House for the homeless in Toronto.
Charlie has also been as a journalist, carpenter, First Nation negotiator and environmental activist.
He has been married for 30 years and has three daughters.