POLITICS

Ottawa mayor says Senate should be abolished

01/11/2012 07:02 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Just days after police chief Vern White's appointment to the Senate, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson said he would abolish the Upper House.

Watson made his comment Wednesday during an online chat with residents after a question about whether he would accept an appointment to the Red Chamber.

"Absolutely not," replied Watson. "I believe the Senate has outlived its usefulness and in the 21st century to have an unelected group of people deciding laws in Canada should not be acceptable."

Then he added: "My view is that the Senate should be abolished."

White was one of seven new Senators appointed by the Conservative government last Friday.

When White's appointment was announced last Friday, Watson was quoted in a news release congratulating the Chief and thanking him for his service.

"He is a community builder," Watson is quoted as saying. "I look forward to having an Ottawa voice in the Senate of Canada."

White will stay on as police chief until February 20.