Making a buck off the "Duff"

Mitch MacDonald
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Lloyd Kerry's "Stuff the Duff" t-shirt design speaks for itself.

And in Kerry's opinion, it speaks for many other Islanders and Canadians as well.

Kerry, of PEI EI PI t-shirts, didn't have to look far for his next design, after his company first got noticed for its shirts criticizing federal changes to employment insurance.

In fact, Kerry found his inspiration in letters to the editor published in this past weekend's edition The Guardian.

"There was a letter Saturday from one of the many people writing about (P.E.I. senator) Mike Duffy," he said. "She was suggesting they start a campaign to get rid of him 'stuff the Duff'. I thought it would be a good idea for a shirt."

Kerry spent much of the past weekend designing the shirt, which shows what appears to be Duffy stuck face first in a garbage can. Laying next to it are bags emblazoned with dollar signs and text at the top reading "Stuff the Duff!!"

With the shirts arriving this week, Kerry said he's not sure how many he'll sell.

However, if public opinion is any indicator, it could be quite a few.

"It seems like everyone is talking about it. He (Duffy) is on the national news every night," said Kerry.

The past week has been a dramatic one for Duffy and the federal Conservatives.

Media attention on the former broadcaster has also been high, with the now independent senator having phoned the RCMP to remove a CTV reporter, the very same network he used to work for, from his Cavendish property on Friday.

CTV's newscast Friday night showed reporter Todd Battis knocking on the front door of Duffy's Cavendish cottage.

"It seems like everyone is talking about it. He (Duffy) is on the national news every night," Lloyd Kerry

Although no one answered the door, someone inside the cottage reportedly called the RCMP to remove the reporter.

Controversy over improper expense claims has followed Duffy for the past several months.

However, it was a CTV report last week that brought the issue back into the forefront.

CTV reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff Nigel Wright gave Duffy a $90,000 personal cheque to repay improperly claimed living expenses.

Ethics rules state senators must declare all gifts over $500 within 30 days.

On Thursday, CTV also reported that documents showed Duffy had billed taxpayers for senate business while also campaigning for the federal Conservatives during the last election.

Duffy stepped down from the Conservative caucus Thursday.

However, scrutiny did not end with him leaving the caucus.

Duffy's Senate colleague, Pamela Wallin, also resigned on Friday and is facing her own expense audit.

On Sunday, Wright announced his resignation from the PMO.

The federal New Democrats have called on the RCMP to investigate Wright's actions.

In Kerry's opinion, much of the controversy should have ended when the expense claims were first brought up months ago.

"To me that should have been when he handed in his resignation."


Organizations: CTV, RCMP, Conservatives

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • roger
    July 19, 2013 - 10:19

    How do I contact mr. Kerry directly to buy a tee shirt? I cant give my CC # to just anybody.

  • Fed up
    May 24, 2013 - 09:19

    We think Kerry needs to Get a Life! Making money on something like this. I just paid mega dollars in HST on clothing and books....even on line purchases that didnt have tax....14% now. What about a shirt...Dizz the Ghiz? Or would that be deformation of character??

  • Linda
    May 21, 2013 - 16:42

    how do I order one????

    • rmd
      May 21, 2013 - 19:34

      I will order ten ....just let me know where to buy them Mr. Kerry

  • moe
    May 21, 2013 - 15:48


    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      May 21, 2013 - 17:15

      Liberal, conservative, ndp, it would make no difference to me. Am I petty too? If you ask me the only PETTY people are the ones that are supposed to be protecting us and our families, but are failing to do so. LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE, NDP, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. Once the next party gets in, nothing changes. Why are they not REPEALING LAWS THE FORMER GOVERNMENT MADE. They don't do it because there is no difference between them. Their agenda is the same, but you think there is a choice because they bicker publicly over some little thing. They are all failing their constituents.

  • Upperdunker
    May 21, 2013 - 10:40

    Buy the shirts, wear the shirts, continue the barrage against Duffy Duck. It's all water off a dishonest duck's back. We citizens have to make the message soak in; we're tired of the sham and backroom damage control that aims to protect these rascals. Keep up the "personal attack humor" that I DON'T GET IT finds unnecessary. It is very necessary to preserve CANADA, a nation we can be proud of.

  • Lloyd Kerry
    May 21, 2013 - 09:46

    Elizabeth O-- you have to look for them, but they are there...

  • Not surprised
    May 21, 2013 - 09:39

    Sounds like some sour grapes. I agree with stuffing him, and Gail Shea!

  • Elizabeth O
    May 21, 2013 - 07:49


  • wrong T-Shirt
    May 21, 2013 - 07:43

    Senator Duffy deserves to be publically admonished, together with the unconsionable, ruthless and too-clever-by-half Nigel and Steve. But it's Gail Shea that should be stuffed. She sat on her hands while a bill was passed cutting off seasonal workers from EI benefits if a job was available 100 k away. And don't forget the PNP: wheelbarrow loads of $500,000,000 carted off to the business elite. Duffy's just a pathetic tool.

    • Henry Sow
      May 21, 2013 - 10:13

      Wrong T-Shirt, do you even know what the EI changes were? The Federal Government is enforcing the EI program the way it was meant to be, meaning that those drawing EI benefits have to be actively seeking employment. They are not stating that seasonal workers will be cut off. What they are saying is that seasonal workers will be cut off if they are not actively seeking employment, or if they turn down work for no reasonable excuse. So stop with the Gail Shea BS. She is the only MP that is actually doing anything for the Province as a whole. Maybe you should order a T-shirt that says "I don't know Dick".

  • I don't get it
    May 21, 2013 - 05:59

    Ok so I know Mike Duffy is not popular and appears to have made mistakes, etc...but honestly? Do we now wear t-shirts to make fun of others? Would any of us like to see our wrongdoings or errors of judgement broadcast on a t-shirt? I am not saying that things shouldn't be made right...but I am thinking there is a segment of the population that finds "personal attack humour" on anyone uncomfortable and unnecessary. Ouch.

    • John Hawke
      May 21, 2013 - 10:12

      You should look up the word pillory. In case you don't know it was when we put people in the stocks and they were publicly humiliated. Making someone wear a sandwich board which showed their crime might not be such a bad idea either.

  • barley brewer
    May 21, 2013 - 03:01

    a) Sounds like Lloyd Kerry owes his revenues to the person he openly admits gave him the idea. b) Duffy will be gone before he gets these shirts produced.