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Charlie Angus is no Bernie Sanders

By Sheila Copps      

Charlie Angus has a formidable challenge. He was quoted last week as saying he wants to build a bridge between the dreamers and the doers in his party. That will be no mean feat because the hard-core NDP membership is bound together by the ideology of socialism.

Here comes Charlie: NDP MP Charlie Angus, right, pictured in this file photo with then NDP MP Peter Stoffer, left, and NDP MP Niki Ashton. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Charlie Angus is being heralded as the Canadian Bernie Sanders. His decision to resign as chair of the New Democratic Party caucus to explore his leadership ambitions was wise and welcome. Angus is a solid parliamentary performer who is well-respected for his understanding of rural, northern and aboriginal issues. He stands up for the marginalized, which puts him in sync with Sanders' Democratic primary campaign message, but the comparison stops there. There are two key reasons why the

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