Nova Scotia's premier designate Stephen McNeil faces his first real test of leadership this week when he names the members of his cabinet.
Rob Batherson, a former staffer in John Hamm's Conservative government, says McNeil is facing a tough task.
Batherson says having to pick from a large caucus with so many members representing the Halifax area will be a challenge.
He says the cabinet must reflect a broad cross-section of the province's geography and its ethnic, racial and linguistic mixture.
David Johnson, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, says McNeil has to be careful not to select ministers who may already have an agenda in mind.
Remarkably similar lists of potential ministers have been making the rounds since McNeil and 32 other Liberals were elected to govern Oct. 8.
The swearing-in ceremony is Tuesday in the Annapolis Valley.