Life of Pi author Yann Martel is among the prominent Canadians and party insiders who have shelled out to help NDP leadership candidates in the past few months. Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay, Ont.) earned the nod from Mr. Martel, who offered the near-maximum amount of $1,500 to the northern Ontario MP. Best-selling Canadian author Yann Martel donated $1,500 to Charlie Angus's campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster Mr. Angus’ team noted a thrilled volunteer spoke to the Saskatoon-based writer who said the “tough and scrappy” politician had his support. “ experienced and knowledgeable and he's got his heart (and mind) in the right place, notably on the matter of the Indigenous peoples of Canada,” Mr. Martel said by email. Mr. Angus has also received endorsements, though not donations, from Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics, Torquil Campbell of Stars, hip-hop artist Mohammad Ali, and Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene. Mr. Angus was a member of the punk rock band L'Étranger in the 1980s, and for the past two decades has been a member of the band Grievous Angels. Second-quarter filings released last week by Elections Canada showed Jagmeet Singh as the breakaway fundraising frontrunner with about $357,000, despite his mid-May entry. Mr. Angus stayed apace with his first-quarter filings, reporting a $234,342 total since putting his name forward as leader. Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski., Man.) has raised $135,677, and Guy Caron (Rimouski Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques, Que.) $104,205. NDP candidate fundraising totals for the first and second quarter of 2017. The Hill Times graph created with Infogram The filings also may have revealed a $500 donation to Mr. Angus from one Gord Johns in Tofino, B.C., which is the name of the current NDP MP for Courtenay-Alberni, B.C., a former Tofino city councillor. Mr. Johns' office did not respond to requests since last Thursday for comment on whether he was responsible for the donation. B.C. MP Gord Johns' name appears among the filings with a donation for Charlie Angus, but Mr. Johns did not respond to requests for comment. Photograph courtesy of Parliament of Canada If so, it would make him the first B.C. MP to provide support to someone other than Mr. Singh, whose campaign recently opened an office in Surrey, a city that accounted for 49 of the 223 donations to him from the province in the second quarter. Four of his six MP endorsements are from the western province and he also counts nine provincial politicians on his team. Other politicos are narrowing their choices, like former NDP staffer and political commentator Robin MacLachlan, who gave $100 to both Mr. Singh and Mr. Caron. He told The Hill Times those two had impressed him the most, and he would make public which of the two he supported once he had decided. The vision and personality of the prospective party leaders will be key factors in his decision, he said. “ has very energetic and engaged volunteers and I think that speaks to leadership,” said the Summa Strategies vice-president, adding Mr. Caron has also elevated discussions. “I think often observers discredit NDP on economic policy, falsely so, but Guy Caron did the race, and the party, and the membership well by putting forward bold ideas like a guaranteed income support.” Former NDP communications director Brad Lavigne donated to and is supporting Jagmeet Singh's campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright Though Brad Lavigne only confirmed his support of Mr. Singh last week, the former NDP communications director been supporting the MPP since his launch. “He’s got a very important message,” said Mr. Lavigne, calling him a “smart and articulate leadership contender.” Mr. Lavigne, who served as the late Jack Layton’s principal secretary and national campaign director in 2011, gave $500 to all but Ms. Ashton. Mr. Angus has been a friend of his wife’s family for years and Mr. Caron “is a strong advocate on key issues,” but he believes the party needs a “growth candidate” to bring new members to the left. Broadbent Institute program director Willy Blomme gave $200 to Mr. Singh’s campaign, which she is already publicly supporting. Ed Broadbent, who said he will remain neutral in the race, donated $300 each to all four candidates because “as a long-time New Democrat and former leader himself he wants to encourage each candidate and show his appreciation for their commitment to the NDP,” Ms. Blomme relayed by email. The Hill Times reached out to a number of prominent politicos whose names appeared on the list. Earnscliffe Strategy Group principal Robin Sears, former NDP national director, confirmed he paid $359.94 to go to a Singh event and gave $500 to Mr. Angus. He did not say whether one had his vote. Bestselling Canadian author and lawyer Reva Seth was on holiday and did not respond when asked if $100 given to Mr. Singh was hers or someone else by her name in Toronto. Sally Housser, the NDP’s deputy national director during the 2012 leadership race, couldn’t be reached to confirm $1,000 listed in the first quarter to Mr. Angus, or the $250 to Ms. Ashton and $150 to Mr. Caron in the second quarter. Former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent donated $300 each to all candidates. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright Former MPP and Ottawa city councillor Alex Cullen confirmed he is a “Guy Caron supporter” and gave $100 to his campaign in the second quarter, after giving the same amount to Mr. Caron, Mr. Angus, Ms. Ashton, and former candidate Peter Julian in the first quarter. Each candidate seems to have drawn in big donations from lawyers, though none more than Mr. Singh, a former Toronto criminal defence lawyer. Human rights attorney and longtime NDP member Paul Copeland is on that list, though his $350 toward the campaign is less than the $1,550 maximum that many exercised. Mr. Singh received the most single donations over $1,000 in the second quarter with 104, almost 10 times more than Mr. Angus’s 12 donors. Ms. Ashton had five over that amount and Mr. Caron had one, from a Farouk Karim, also the name of his campaign director. Mr. Copeland said he will likely vote for Mr. Singh, though he hasn’t settled for sure. The former deputy Ontario NDP leader is a “friend of a friend,” he said, and someone who he’s seen over the years in legal and political circles. Mr. Singh called Mr. Copeland before formally announcing his run to ask for his input, said Mr. Copeland. “We had a pretty candid conversation,” said Mr. Copeland, who told him he wasn’t sure how a Sikh leader of a political party would be received. “It may well be that Canada is in for a refreshing change, but there hasn't been anybody in that category who’s been a leader of a party so I don’t know how it’s going to play out,” said Mr. Copeland, adding he is impressed by Mr. Angus too, but concerned by his lack of proficiency in French which he noted isn’t a problem for Mr. Singh. “How it will sell in Quebec I have no idea whatsoever, but that’s a very important question and whether the NDP can revive whatever… produced 59 members when ‘Le bon Jack’ ran.” firstname.lastname@example.org The Hill Times Correction: Willy Blomme was mistakenly identified as Mr. Blomme instead of Ms. Blomme in an earlier version of this article. The Hill Times regrets the error.