You guys are now the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. Congrats. Your campaign was awesome and you did a good job, though please, please don't let people like Alexandre Boulerice steer your party towards supporting Quebec sepearatism.
Here's a problem, however: you're only the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, one of two of Canada's legislative chambers. In the Senate, you have zero representation. None. In fact, in the Senate it's like you don't exist at all; it's just the Conservatives, the Liberals, and a smattering of independents.
Now, this may not matter right now, because after all, Harper's Conservatives have a majority in both chambers. However, going with the assumption that, by the time 2015 rolls around, you expect to be in government, how exactly do you plan on, well, you know, governing, if you don't even have a foothold in the Other Place?
Think of it this way: by the time 2015 rolls around, assuming everyone retires at the mandatory age there will be 65 Conservative Senators, 37 Liberals, and 3 Independents. If you have a government, and given the Conservative Party's penchant for using the Senate to block HoC legislation, what are you going to do?
I know you guys are against a Senate, however, you must realize by now that the likelihood of you scrapping it is next to nil without a constitutional amendment, not likely to fly. So now that you have some responsibility, you have some choices to make. And given that you want to keep the Senate's sway over your government down, you do need to make a choice. Depending upon the scenario, here they are:
a) assuming Harper sets up his pseudo-elected Senate, you are either going to have to run in these elections or abstain; the former giving you a chance, the latter ceding the Upper House to the, erm, "corporatists."
b) assuming Harper's lackey's actually retire after eight years, appoint new Senators between 2015-2020 or risk losing quorum and therefore stalling the legislative process
Between 2015-2020, assuming the Harper lackey's step down, there will be enough vacancies to take away the Harper majority in the Upper Chamber. Question is: will you, if you're in government, then take the opportunity to appoint Senators, NDP or otherwise, or will you just leave the chamber alone? If unable to scrap it, how would an NDP government be represented in the Senate? Will you ally yourselves with the Liberals?