Algoma-Manitoulin's MPP is calling his new role within Ontario's New Democrats "quite an honour".
Michael Mantha has been elected caucus chair, a role he says will see him "lead the initiatives set forward by the leader", as well as caucus discussions on policy and legislation - a job he looks forward to doing.
As for his party's focus as the official opposition, Mantha says it is holding the new Progressive Conservative government to account.
N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath's praising Mantha as "a great addition" to the team, bringing "outstanding leadership abilities" with the full confidence of the caucus.
Mantha further questions the P-C government's unilateral cancellation of contracts, which he says will lead to elevated costs, as contractors build that risk factor into their contracts.
Algoma-Manitoulin's MPP since 2011, Mantha remains critic for Northern Development and Mines, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Tourism, Culture, and Sports.