François "Yo" Gourd is a Canadian political figure and entertainer, who has been involved in the Rhinoceros Party of Canada and the entartistes, two satirical political movements. He was also the Rhinoceros Party candidate in Saint-Michel in the 1979 federal election.
In 1983 Gourd opened a bar called Les Foufounes Électriques, along with Norman Boileau and Bernard Paquet — two of Gourd's friends from a musical theatre of which he was a member. They were interested in creating a space for showcasing burgeoning alternative musicians and different types of art. According to Gourd, the bar did not turn much of a profit and he sold his share in the club after five years. By the end of the 1980s, Boileau was the only remaining owner.
In 2006, he founded the second iteration of the Rhinoceros Party, the successor to the historical Rhinoceros Party dissolved in 1993. As the party's candidate in the September 17, 2007 federal by-election in Outremont, he listed his profession as poet on his nomination papers. He received 145 votes (0.61%). The party's activities included protesting against the construction industry.
|1979 Canadian federal election: Saint-Michel|
|Liberal||Marie Thérèse Killens||29,046|
|Social Credit||John Mitchell||4,299|
|New Democratic||Filippo Salvatore||2,616|
|Progressive Conservative||Jean-Louis Pozza||2,602|
|Union populaire||Bernard L. Longpré||432|
|Canadian federal by-election, 17 September 2007|
|resignation of Jean Lapierre, 28 January 2007|
|New Democratic||Thomas Mulcair||11,374||47.51||+30.38|
|Bloc Québécois||Jean-Paul Gilson||2,610||10.90||-17.91|
|Rhinoceros||François Yo Gourd||145||0.61||–|
|Independent||Mahmood Raza Baig||78||0.33||–|
|Canadian Action||Alexandre Amirizian||45||0.19||–|
|2008 Canadian federal election|
|Bloc Québécois||Gilles Duceppe||24,103||50.24||−4.45||$71,127|
|New Democratic||François Grégoire||8,209||17.11||+0.44||$31,151|
|Conservative||Charles K. Langford||2,320||4.83||−1.55||$5,590|
|Rhinoceros||François Yo Gourd||447||0.93||$388|
|Independent||Daniel "F4J" Laforest||93||0.19||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||47,975||100.00||$84,641|
|Total rejected ballots||406||0.84|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Hélène Laverdière||23,373||46.64||+29.53|
|Bloc Québécois||Gilles Duceppe||17,991||35.90||-14.34|
|Conservative||Charles K. Langford||1,764||3.52||-1.31|
|Rhinoceros||François Yo Gourd||398||0.79||-0.14|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||50,113||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||471||0.93|
- "Pied snipers". The Gazette, January 31, 1999.
- Barry, Chris, "Anarchy and assholes". Montreal Mirror, October 20, 2005. Last retrieved June 17, 2010.
- The history of Les Foufounes Electriques on the club's official website Archived 2010-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. Last retrieved June 17, 2010.
- Odile Tremblay, "Documentaire - Le meilleur film de François Gourd". Le Devoir, April 6, 2007.
- History of Federal Ridings since 1867
- "En bref - «Yo» Gourd en tête". Le Devoir, September 24, 2011.
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