He's travelling the country end to end to do it.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is crusading across the country like a knight in ancient times. He wants us to hate the Senate more than we already do.
Eventually Mulcair hopes to convince Canadians to abolish the Senate and turf out 105 senators in an institution which costs us cost us $ 357 million a year.
Stephen Harper is responsible for appointing 59 of the 100 senators who currently sit in the Senate. Ten are defeated conservative candidates living the soft life at our expense. Mulcair rhymes off their names wherever he goes.
Last week Harper appointed a defeated Quebec candidate, Claude Carignan, as his new Conservative leader in the Senate replacing Marjory LeBreton who got herself into trouble over the Mike Duffy affair.
Senators receive salaries of $ 134,400 a year until the age 75, followed by a lifetime pension of $ 123,000 per year nicely indexed every year. That's not counting their per diems, travel expenses, and accommodation.
Mulcair's anti-senatorial campaign has been nicknamed "Roll up the Red Carpet." The slogan is not catching on very much so far. Give it time.
The NDP leader began his tour in British Columbia last week after a brief side-trip to Halifax.
Mulcair said the Senate is "a discredited and obsolete anti-democratic institution" that has "no place in a modern democracy and must be put in the garbage can."
Not so fast Thomas, my good fellow. Abolishing the Senate requires the approval of seven of the ten provinces and more than 50 % of the total population. The Maritimes, Newfoundland and Québec as well as Alberta are dead set against killing off the Senate. There goes your majority.
But abolishing the Senate is possible. The provinces abolished their own provincial senates ages ago. Nobody has complained about it.
When Harper was a member of the "Reform Party" in the 1980s, he kept repeating over and over that when he became Prime Minister, senators would have to be elected.
Then he did become prime minister, but that's when he began appointing unelected friends.
Harper corded the Senate with old friends, defeated Conservative candidates, converted reformists, party donors, and all sorts of backroom boys.
This is the same Harper who gave us Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau, and Mike Duffy, the latest stars in trouble in the Harper Senate.
They are the kind of senators who are making Canadians rethink the need for a Senate.
"Canadians deserve better," said Mulcair last week, hoping to capitalize on Harper latest partisan appointments.
History repeats itself. Strangely, 19 years ago, almost to the day, Harper said exactly the same thing as did Mulcair last week.
Look where it got Harper.