The Conservatives' newest senator is being criticized for a comment he made over his salary.

During a recent television interview, Larry Smith said he is taking a "dramatic, catastrophic pay cut" to serve the public.

The outgoing president of the Montreal Alouettes is being criticized on a new website dubbed "Save Larry Smith" and on Twitter and YouTube.

Senators make a base salary of $132,300 a year.

Smith's salary with the Alouettes is not public.

Smith says he will run for the Conservatives in the next federal election in the riding of Lac-Saint-Louis, a Liberal stronghold on the West Island.