01/23/2017 10:30 EST | Updated 01/23/2017 10:37 EST

Charlie Angus In 'Second Phase' Of Possible NDP Leadership Campaign

He's in the "second phase."

OTTAWA — Veteran Ontario New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says he has moved into the second phase of his possible campaign to lead his party.

Angus, who launched a new website Sunday, says he is trying to build a national team of volunteers and collect donations after spending weeks reaching out to family, colleagues, constituents and supporters.

NDP MP Charlie Angus speaks in the House of Commons on April 12, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)

He says the "unnerving" inauguration of President Donald Trump speaks to why it is necessary to build a national political movement in Canada that offers a positive reason to get involved.

So far, the lengthy race to replace Tom Mulcair in October remains wide open.

B.C. MP Peter Julian is the only person to formally register with Elections Canada but he says he has yet to make a decision about the race.

Other possible contenders include Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Ontario deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

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