peter jamesNDP Opposition: Filling the Shadow

Nycole Turmel (HullAylmer): The former president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and affordable housing advocate could be offered a junior shadow cabinet critic position in transport or finance.

Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke): Hes only been eligible to vote for less than two years, but theres a small chance the countrys youngest-ever MP might be offered the youth critic job or another junior post.

Megan Leslie (Halix): Her competency and support of a national pharmacare plan, suicide prevention strategy and LGBT advocacy could mean shell keep her role as health critic.

Thomas Mulcair (Outremont): No longer the lone Quebec NDP wolf, the former Charest government minister will certainly retain his finance critic role while coaching rookie MPs in the province.

Fran├žoise Boivin (Gatineau): A former Liberal MP, Ms. Boivin switched loyalties in 2008. Her experiencpeter james centre eastern healthe practising labour law and posts in the Womens Business Network and the Liberals Womens Caucus and Womens Commission (Quebec) could make her a frontrunner for womens issues critic.

Niki Ashton (Churchill): One of only two NDP MPs in Manitoba, Ms. Ashton could stay as youth criticthough it may go to one of the partys fresh-ced Quebec MPs. Her fluency in four languagesshes also learning Creecould make her a candidate for official languages critic.

After winning an unprecedented 102 seats to form the Official Opposition, NDP leader Jack Layton now turns to building his shadow cabinet. Its unlikely hell make significant changes to his core team, but tensions may arise between the crop of ambitious new ces and veteran MPs expecting promotions. With a record sweep of Quebec57 of the 58 MPs are rookies and scarce Prairie presence, Mr. Layton will have to juggle regional representation when considering his picks. On Thursday, the National Post assessed a possible Conservative cabinet; today, the Posts Jane Switzer spoke with two NDP strategists and compiled a list of possible assignments on the opposite side of the aisle:

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Joe Comartin (WindsorSt. Clair): In 2000, he became the first federal NDP candidate to win a seat in Ontario in 10 years. The civil litigation lawyer will likely stay put as the NDPs justice critic, a position hes held since 2004.

Linda Duncan (EdmontonStrathcona): As the only non-Conservative MP in true-blue Alberta, theres little question Ms. Duncan will keep her post as environment critic.

Andrew Cash (Davenport): His surprise defeat of Mario Silva in a former Liberal stronghold and background as a succesful musician in arts-rich Toronto makes him a good candidate for culture critic.

Charlie Angus (TimminsJames Bay): Formerly the critic for Canadian heritage and the current critic for public works and treasury board, Mr. Angus is also the NDP spokesman for digital issues and could be reconsidered for those roles.

Robert Chisholm (DartmouthCole Harbour): The former leader of the Nova Scotia NDP returned to politics after an eight-year hiatus. A well-known trade unionist who runs a private consulting business, his party seniority could mean consideration for an East-Coast critic post: fisheries and oceans and Atlantic Canada Opportunities are possibilities.


Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre): The former Ottawa teacher is the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity, which could keep him as foreign afirs critic.

Libby Davies (Vancouver East): The NDPs co-deputy leader will almost certainly retain her job as labour critic. Shes also the partys spokesperson for multiculturalism, and could be transferred to that critic post.

Jack Harris (St. Johns East): Dubbed one of The Backbench Top Ten, by Macleans, the former leader of the Newfoudland and Labrador NDP has a solid House reputation that could keep him as national defence critic.

Romeo Saganash (AbitibiBaieJamesNunavikEeyou): He worked for 30 years for the Grand Council of the Crees and most recently as Cree-Quebec Liason. Now, the newly elected MP for Quebecs largest riding coupeter jamesNDP Opposition: Filling the Shadowld be appointed as critic for aboriginal afirs or northern afirs.

Jinny Sims (NewtonNorth Delta): Ms. Sims became the ce of teacher activism during her three-year tenure as president of the B.C. Teachers Federation. After securing a win in a close race, she is poised for a junior shadow cabinet role.

Olivia Chow (TrinitySpadina): Ms. Chow will likely have her pick as one of the partys most senior and recognizable members: Critic for immigration, multiculturalism and/or status of women are possibilities.

Peggy Nash (ParkdaleHigh Park): Might be set for a comeback as industry critic after losing her seat to Liberal Gerard Kennedy in 2008. She pressed the government to stop the foreign takeover of MacDonald Dettwiler and was a senior staffer at the Canadian Auto Workers.

Yvon Godin (AcadieBathurst): The NDP caucus whip has held onto his riding in francophone New Brunswick since 1997, serving as a francophone spokesperson to Mr. Layton. All signs point to a future as the critic of Canadian heritage and official languages.

Peter Stoffer (SackvilleEastern Shore): The East-Coast MP will likely cede a few of his diverse critic postsfisheries and oceans, shipbuilding, seniors, veterans afirs, and amateur sportto new caucus members, but will still have a place within the shadow fold.

Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby Douglas): The Simon Fraser University political science professor is a well-known commentator in B.C. His political know-how could prove useful as critic for democratic reform.

Ryan Cleary (St. Johns SouthMount Pearl): The veteran journalist previously severed all ties with the NDP, citing conflict of interest. Now a full-fledged MP, his experience writing about fisheries, foreign afirs and social services could put him in a critic role.

Jabsbir Sandhu (Surrey North): The MP-elect for Surrey North is a restaurateur and a program manager at the Justice Institute of B.C. Its unlikely hell unseat Mr. Harris as justice critic, but he could be appointed to a junior critic role.

Peter Julian (BurnabyNew Westminster): Mr. Julians record as a vocal opponent to the SMS transport safety bill, the Tories softwood lumber sellout and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America could mean hell retain his post as critic for transport, infrastructure and communities and international trade.

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