OTTAWA – The federal NDP leadership race will likely get new candidates in coming days, with veteran MP Charlie Angus expected to make an announcement this weekend.
Angus is inviting supporters on Facebook to a tavern in Toronto on Sunday afternoon to get involved in a “fantastic and wild ride.”
He also says a few speeches will be made during the event that will include musician Jason Collett.
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 for a series of youth suicides.
Quebec MP Guy Caron is also expected to make a decision about running before Tuesday.
The economist recently stepped aside as the party’s finance critic to mull a leadership bid.
“I can tell you it’s looking good and stay tuned for the next few days,” a source close to Caron said Wednesday.
The race to replace Tom Mulcair as NDP leader won’t conclude until fall but the first debate among leadership hopefuls is slated for March 12 in Ottawa.
So far, only B.C. MP Peter Julian has entered the race.
Earlier this week, Julian received endorsements from four Quebec MPs —Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Robert Aubin, Brigitte Sansoucy and Francois Choquette — at a rally held in Sherbrooke, Que.
Julian, a bilingual candidate, suggests Quebec and B.C. share similar values, including the need to protect the environment and fight against pipelines.
Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and deputy Ontario NDP leader Jagmeet Singh are also eyeing possible leadership campaigns.
Ashton was a candidate in the 2012 race to replace late leader Jack Layton.
Last April, rank-and-file New Democrats flatly rejected Mulcair as a long-term leader for the party at a convention held in Edmonton.
The party is rebuilding after tumbling in the last election to third-party status in the House of Commons from official Opposition.