Fabian Manning Telegram file photo
Fabian Manning, one of 18 people appointed to the Senate Monday, held a new conference in St. John's this morning.
He told the media and a crowd of 20 or so supporters that he will accept Prime Minister Stephen Harper's appointment, but he did say it came as a surprise.
Manning said he is in favour of Senate reform and will work as a Senator to bring that about.
He also had some words for his critics. Some MPs from this province say Manning's appointment is undemocratic because he was defeated in the October election.
But Manning said a possible coalition is really what's undemocratic.
He also accused his critics of not voting for Senate reform when they had the chance in the past.