I'm surprised by the absence of Caron and Cash. Roméo Saganash could turn out to be a formidable Natural Resources critic. I like that choice. It's too bad he is not up against another Québecker in that portfolio.
One of the NDP's greatest opportunities in the next Parliament and next campaign is in making up electoral ground among Canadian visible minorities. The shadow cabinet is not strong enough in that regard but understandable given the huge number of rookie MPs the NDP has to contend with. I hope over time we will see some shuffling to give additional deserving vis min MPs a prominent role. For one, I am surprised but hopeful that Jinny Sims makes it onto the front bench. She has tremendous potential, more than Jasbir Sandhu perhaps, albeit maybe Jasbir is the best suited NDPer for the Public Safety file (Randall Garrison would also make a fine choice, although it is a much much bigger issue in Jasbir's riding).
The Conservatives have yet to announce their parliamentary secretaries and I imagine the NDP will copy the Liberal tactic of naming "outreach" MPs for different political constituencies. There will also have to be some NDP MPs that distinguish themselves for their jack-of-all-trades House service, a very important role.
Eventually, I hope to see the NDP trim its shadow cabinet too. Harper's record 39 member cabinet is bloated beyond belief and I don't want the NDP, as it aims for government-in-waiting, to project the same image. Ideally, I would like to see a Canadian cabinet in the neighbourhood of 13 ministers. Dare to dream, eh?