Lemon Party

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Lemon Party of Canada
Parti Citron du Canada
LeaderPope Terence I
SpokespersonMary-Gabrielle Blay II
FounderDenis R. Patenaude
FoundedJanuary 8, 1987
IdeologyJoke political party
Political positionBig tent
SloganFor a bitter Canada
Seats in the Senate
0 / 105
Seats in the House of Commons
0 / 338
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 125

The Lemon Party of Canada (Parti Citron) was a frivolous Canadian political party which has operated on a federal level, and provincially in Quebec. The party was registered on January 8, 1987[1] by then-leader Denis R. Patenaude, and deregistered on November 14, 1998 for failing to have at least ten candidates stand for election.[2][3] The party was headed by "Pope Terence the First", whose existence is unconfirmed.[4] Their official agent is Mary-Gabrielle Blay II.

Its 2004 national convention produced a platform of policies which were "placed in small green plastic boxes and sold to industrial pig farms in Mexico", according to a large party spokeswoman. The subsequent electoral campaign, under the slogan "For a bitter Canada", received minor, but sympathetic, media coverage.[4] Its last press release was published online five days prior to the 2006 Canadian elections, ridiculing both Liberal Paul Martin and Conservative Stephen Harper.[5] The Lemon Party prided itself on its record on fiscal discipline and in pushing for economic growth. Its economic plan was allegedly authored by Montreal economist Ianik Marcil.

The Lemon Party has not been registered as a political party since the early 1990s, when it was registered only in Quebec.

Policies and platforms[edit]

The Lemon Party pledged to:[4]

Election results[edit]

General election # of candidates # of seats won % of popular vote
1989[6] 11 0 0.22%
1994[6] 10 0 0.10%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Political History of Quebec (January)". Quebec Politique.
  2. ^ "Partis politiques". Quebec Politique.
  3. ^ "Political History of Quebec (November)". Quebec Politique.
  4. ^ a b c Dan Brown (19 June 2004). "Analysis & Commentary: The Heirs of the Rhino Party". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18.
  5. ^ "2006 press release". agora.ulaval.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-11-29.
  6. ^ a b "Élections générales". Directeur général des élections du Québec. 19 June 2007.