The Canadian Taxpayers Federation held a demonstration at the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday to push for the abolition of the country's Senate by using a three-story-high inflatable balloon resembling Mike Duffy to make their point.

The group is asking for nation-wide referendum, where Canadians can vote on keeping or axing the Senate.

"Appointing your buddies to the Senate may have been acceptable back in 1913, but it certainly isn't in 2013," said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. "Canadians need to call their Members of Parliament, sign the petition and demand a national referendum on abolishing the Senate. The status quo should not be an option," he said.

The group is collecting signatures for a petition urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to hold a referendum.

The custom-made inflatable Mike Duffy balloon cost almost $5,000.