Dalton McGuinty (CP file photo)

Ontario's premier says it's time to either abolish – or change – the Senate since it does not adequately represent his province.

"My preference is that we eliminate the Senate," Dalton McGuinty said Thursday night in Toronto after attending an Ontario Liberal party event.

"We're 40 per cent of the country by way of population and at least 40 per cent by way of contribution to the GDP," McGuinty said.

"But we only have 22 per cent of the Senate seats."

McGuinty pointed out that Ontario currently has only 24 members in the 105-seat Senate.

Senators are appointed, not elected.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he intends, by the next election, to have a system in place for Canadians to be able to elect senators.