Giant Mike Duffy-shaped balloon kicks off Senate referendum campaign

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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.

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  • Darrin Deyarmond
    July 18, 2013 - 14:03

    Good one. However, I do believe that old Fluffy Duffy is a lot more rotund than that. Not as tall - just wider.