NDP shadow cabinet a mix of veterans, newcomers

OTTAWA - Opposition Leader Jack Layton is mixing old and new faces in his shadow cabinet and spreading the portfolios far and wide to give a broad array of MPs some experience.

Among the familiar names, Paul Dewar stays as Foreign Affairs critic, Joe Comartin is still watching the Justice portfolio and Jack Harris keeps Defence.

Some of the veterans change places _ Thomas Mulcair is House leader, but hands over his duties as finance critic to newcomer Peggy Nash.

Layton's wife, Olivia Chow, is Transport and Infrastructure critic, handing over Immigration to Don Davies.

The new faces include Montreal's Alexandre Boulerice facing off against Tony Clement at Treasury Board, as well as Nova Scotia's Robert Chisholm at International Trade, and British Columbia's Jasbir Sandhu at Public Safety.

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