Charlie Angus, Parliament’s ‘punk rock politician,’ joins federal NDP exodus

(From left to right) NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Algoma–Manitoulin–Kapuskasing Carol Hughes and NDP MP for North Island-Powell River Rachel Blaney are pictured in a composite image. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby, THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick, THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang) By Mickey Djuric THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Charlie Angus felt so much love Thursday, he joked that it felt like his funeral. The outspoken, often combative New Democrat MP triggered the outpouring when he declared he would not be seeking re-election after two decades representing his far-flung northern Ontario riding. The news _ fellow NDP stalwarts Carol Hughes and Rachel Blaney are also standing down, will come as a body blow to the federal party, which faces a stout electoral challenge from Pierre Poilievre’s resurgent Conservatives….

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