03/06/2012 08:12 EST | Updated 05/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Private member's bill outlines system to hold elections for B.C. senators

VICTORIA - A B.C. Liberal backbencher wants his own government to pass a private member's bill aimed at electing senators.

John Les says his private member's bill, which he originally introduced last year, will provide the legal framework for such elections.

B.C. residents would be able to vote for Senate nominees whose names would then be submitted to Ottawa for appointment to the upper chamber.

Les says his bill responds to the federal government's plan to adopt term limits for senators and seek provincial consultation on Senate appointments.

He says he also wants the Ottawa to increase the number of senators B.C. has, because the province is under represented in the Senate.