May 16, 2013 9:23 am
Updated: May 16, 2013 11:06 am

Sen. Duffy bailout prompts slew of online puns, Twitter hashtags

Senator Mike Duffy leaves a meeting of the Senate Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration committee on Parliament Hill Thurday May 9, 2013 in Ottawa.


TORONTO – Social media  users continue to react to news that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff personally footed the $90,000 bill for embattled Sen. Mike Duffy’s improper housing expenses.

On Wednesday, Harper spokesman Andrew MacDougall said that Harper’s right-hand man Nigel Wright stepped in when Duffy was unable to come up with the money following an external audit.

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Shortly after the news, both the hashtags #IfIHad90000 and #DuffyPickupLines began to trend on Twitter.

Inspired by the Barenaked Ladies song “If I had $1,000,000,” Green Party deputy leader Kevin O’Donnell tweeted the following shortly after:

Just for fun, what about #IfIHad90000 for today?

— Kevin O’Donnell (@ODonnell_K) May 15, 2013

That tweet sparked a slew of #IfIhad90000 memes:

#IfIHad90000 I’d buy a you a green strategy (but not a real green strategy, that’s cruel to Canada’s status as energy superpower)

— Jason Markusoff (@markusoff) May 15, 2013

#IfIHad90000 I’d buy a Muskoka Lake, (but not a real muskoka lake, that’s cruel)

— Rob Schmidt (@rjeschmi) May 15, 2013

#ifihad90000 I think I’d buy a few stealth planes (models only of course… real ones would be cruel)

— Steve Hayden (@thestevehayden) May 16, 2013

.@odonnell_k @mbpowell“…I’d buy you an exotic pet project, like an F35, or gazebo” #IfIHad90000

— John Francis (@johnefrancis) May 15, 2013

#IfIHad90000 I’d get 5625 glasses of Orange Juice @ $16 apiece. #CdnPoli @cpc_hq @liberal_party @elizabethmay

— Jason Rondeau (@JasonRondeau) May 16, 2013

The hashtag #duffypickuplines has also been gaining traction:

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