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.
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
— John Francis (@johnefrancis) May 15, 2013
— Jason Rondeau (@JasonRondeau) May 16, 2013
The hashtag #duffypickuplines has also been gaining traction: