I'm really going to miss Gilles Duceppe. He was better than anyone at holding the government to account.
But his replacement, Hélène Laverdière, is more than qualified for her job as MP. I expect she will find a place in Layton's shadow cabinet.
She holds a PhD in sociology and has been a member of Canada's foreign service since 1992, serving in Washington, D.C., Dakar, Senegal and Santiago.
Another new MP that I think I'm going to like.