OTTAWA — It's not every day the Senate gets compared to a car.
And if you were thinking something sleek, flashy and fast - hold your brakes.
"Like an Edsel, the Senate was obsolete almost from the moment it was built," Toronto NDP MP Craig Scott said Tuesday in the Commons where MPs debated a non-binding opposition motion to abolish the Red Chamber.
"Somehow, however, this one is still on the road, but ... its lights are broken, the body is totally corroded, the wheels are wobbly and the engine has all been seized up by dirty oil," he said about the Ford jalopy.
In arguments to scrap the Senate, the NDP says it's time to roll up the red carpet, get rid of what it argued is a dumping ground for party cronies, a relic and a waste of tax dollars and space.
New Democrats have seized on headlines highlighting sky-high expense claims and dodgy housing allowance handouts — some of which are still under investigation — to press for the Senate's demise.
And with no New Democrats in the Senate, they have been using its woes to bring attention to a place polls suggest should be raised or restored.
Conservatives accused the NDP of grandstanding and blocking government reforms to elect senators to nine-year terms.
Tim Uppal, the minister responsible democratic reform, said that abolishing the Senate would require reopening the Constitution and that unanimous consent would be needed among the provinces to proceed.