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A giant inflatable Mike Duffy-shaped balloon is seen near Parliament Hill Thursday July 18, 2013 in Ottawa. The balloon is part of a Senate reform campaign.
It’s part Goodyear Blimp and part Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, all rolled into one enormously inflatable symbol of Senate excess.
Meet Mike Duffy — in balloon form.
The beleaguered senator from Prince Edward Island was rendered as a two-and-a-half-storey blow-up doll for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s campaign to hold a referendum on the fate of the upper chamber.
Spokesman Gregory Thomas was clad as a carnival barker — complete with cane and flat-top hat — as the big Duffy balloon lurched to life by the shores of the Ottawa River.
Thomas says Canadian voters ought to have a chance to decide whether the Senate should be reformed or abolished altogether during the next federal election.
Duffy is being investigated by the Mounties over his improperly claimed Senate expenses.