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The Rhinoceros Party is alive and well in Canada, running of platforms that are sure to give Canadians a good laugh. Image courtesy of McLeans

Satirical party contests Canadian election

While the Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP spent eleven weeks trying to earn the votes of Canadians, the satirical Rhinoceros Party ran to give Canadians an “alternative” choice.

First founded in 1963, the Rhinoceros Party ran with the platform of “a promise to keep none of our promises.”

Some of their more humorous campaign promises included repealing the law of gravity, building taller schools to support higher education in a more literal sense and abolishing laws to lower the crime rate.

The party dissolved in the early 1990s, but was re-established in 2007.

Under the leadership of Dealer Supreme Sebastien Corriveau, the Rhino Party offers Canadians some fairly amusing platforms. Some of their platforms this year included nationalizing iconic Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, taxing the black market, privatizing the Queen “to save on taxes, and to profit from subsidies” and having a lottery to allow average Canadians the chance to get a place in the Senate.

One of the party’s most amusing stunts this year was successfully running a cat as a candidate in a riding in Edmonton, Alberta. Dallas “Bun Bun” Thompson ran in the Edmonton Griesbach riding and received an impressive 144 votes, placing 7th out of 8th is his riding.

While one of the more prominent and certainly most amusing obscure party, the Rhinos were just one of many in this year’s federal election. Other obscure parties include the Pirate Party, dedicated to open government and intellectual property reform, the Christian Heritage Party, dedicated to govern according to Biblical principles, the Communist Party, the Marxist-Leninist Party, and the Marijuana Party. All together there are 20 different political parties registered in Canada.

Whether giving Canadians the opportunity to have a good laugh, or offering a choice for those who don’t agree with any of the “big 3” parties, the Rhinoceros Party has over 50 years of political legacy, keeping Canadian politics just a little more interesting.

The Rhino Party ran 39 candidates in ridings across Canada. None of the candidates successfully won a seat.

About Jillian Gordon

Jillian is a writer from Edmonton, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and loves all sorts of cultural phenomena. In addition to writing, Jillian's hobbies include photography and playing roller derby.