The trial of Canadian Sen. Mike Duffy for fraud and bribery seems a fitting occasion to shine a critical light on Parliament's upper chamber.
And a funny one, if Scott Vrooman has anything to say about it.
In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Vrooman claims that 50 per cent of Canadians want to abolish the chamber, while 43 per cent want to see it reformed.
He is therefore seeking to unseat any of Senators Linda Frum, Don Meredith or Colin Kenny in an effort to "restore democracy to Canada's Senate."
The election works like this. Voting will be held on the same day as the federal election, which is set to take place Oct. 19.
People can vote directly on his website. Whoever has the least votes out of Vrooman and the senators he's hoping to unseat, loses.
If Vrooman manages to gather enough votes, an incument will have to vacate their seat for him, he explained in a Toronto Star editorial.
This isn't the first time that Vrooman has pulled a media stunt that has garnered plenty of attention online.
Last year, he snagged an interview on the now-defunct Sun News TV station after writing an iPolitics editorial that sarcastically argued for the federal government to de-fund the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
In the interview he referred to Ezra Levant as "Canada's foremost intellectual" and said Sun News was as "Canadian as frozen apple pie."
Though his Senate campaign appears to be a joke, Vrooman insists "this time I'm being the really real no-foolin' me."
"In the words of Canadian icon Kevin Costner, 'If you build it, they will come,'" he wrote.
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