NDP leadership front-runners show off endorsements as race heats up

Two of the front-runners in the federal NDP leadership race are showing off their fundraising muscles as the campaign moves closer to its October finale.

Nine Ontario legislators have come out in support of Jagmeet Singh, a provincial politician looking to make the leap to Parliament Hill.

The other candidates seeking to replace Tom Mulcair as leader are all federal NDP MPs: northern Ontario's Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton from Manitoba and Quebec's Guy Caron.

 Angus, meanwhile, appears to have the support of organized labour, long a mainstay of federal NDP politics.

The president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada issued an open letter this week, endorsed by a number of other labour leaders, saying no one questions Angus's commitment to the party's ``traditional values.''

The members of the Ontario legislature endorsing Singh include Catherine Fife, Wayne Gates, Michael Mantha, Peggy Sattler, Taras Natyshak, Lisa Gretzky, Percy Hatfield, Cindy Forster, and Jennifer French.