Rhinoceros Party

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Rhinoceros Party

Parti Rhinocéros
Active federal party
LeaderSébastien CoRhino Corriveau[1]
FoundedMay 21, 2006
Headquarters125 rang des Bouleaux
Saint-Donat-de-Rimouski, Québec
G0K 1L0
IdeologySatirical party
ColoursRed, white
Seats in the House of Commons
0 / 338

The Rhinoceros Party (French: Parti Rhinocéros) is a Canadian federal-level satirical political party, referred to in English Canada as the Second Rhinoceros Party. It was known as neorhino.ca until 2010, when the party changed names and registered a new party logo. It was created in Montreal on May 21, 2006, and recognized by Elections Canada as being eligible for registration on August 16, 2007, and an official political party on August 23, 2007.[2] It is the successor to the Rhinoceros Party of Canada.

The party was founded by François "Yo" Gourd, who was involved with the original incarnation of the First Rhinoceros Party. He stated he named the new party (then under the name "neorhino") for the Rhinoceros Party and for Neo, the Matrix character.[3] The party is led by Sébastien Corriveau.[1]

It promises, like its predecessor, not to keep any of its promises if elected.[4]


The Rhino movement was started in 1963 by Jacques Ferron,[5] "Éminence de la Grande Corne du parti Rhinocéros". In the 1970s, a group of artists joined the party and created a comedic political platform to contest the federal election. Ferron (1979), poet Gaston Miron (1972) and singer Michel Rivard (1980) ran against then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in his Montreal seat.

The party claimed to be the spiritual descendants of Cacareco, a Brazilian rhinoceros who was elected member of São Paulo's city council in 1958, and listed Cornelius the First, a rhinoceros from the Granby Zoo, east of Montreal, as its leader.[6] It declared that the rhinoceros was an appropriate symbol for a political party since politicians, by nature, are "thick-skinned, slow-moving, dim-witted, can move fast as hell when in danger, and have large, hairy horns growing out of the middle of their faces."[7]

The party abstained from the 1993 federal election as they questioned the constitutionality of new rules that required the party to run candidates in at least 50 ridings at a cost of $1,000 per candidature.[8] On September 23, 1993, Canada's Chief Electoral Officer, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, refused to accept the party's abstention and ordered the removal of the Rhinoceros Party from the Registry of Canadian Political Parties, effectively eliminating them from the Canadian political system. Kingsley also directed the party's official agent, Charlie (le Concierge) McKenzie, to liquidate all party assets and return any revenues to the Receiver General of Canada. On instructions from the party, McKenzie refused. After two years of threatening letters, Ottawa refused to prosecute McKenzie. Within the following year, the Rhinoceros Party of Canada was dissolved.


If elected, the Rhinoceros Party of Canada has promised to:

  • Take Canada off the gold standard, opting instead to use a snow standard to boost the economy[9]
  • Repeal the law of gravity[9]
  • Promote higher education by building taller schools[9]
  • Pave the Bay of Fundy to make more parking for the Maritimes[9]
  • Count the Thousand Islands to make sure the Americans didn’t steal any[9]
  • Change Montreal’s rue Ste-Catherine into the world’s longest bowling alley[9]
  • Ban crappy Canadian winters[9]
  • Abolish all laws to end crime[9]
  • Tear down the Rockies so Albertans can see the Pacific sunset[9]
  • Abolish lawn mowing in Outremont, Que[9]
  • Ban guns and butter—both kill[9]
  • Reform the retail lottery scheme by replacing cash prizes with Senate appointments[9]
  • Forget having two official languages; replace with having two official ears[9] (In French, the same word is used for "language" and for "tongue")
  • Seat the Queen of Canada in Buckingham, Quebec[9]
  • Privatize the Queen[10]
  • Tax the black market[10]
  • Nationalize Tim Hortons[11]
  • Move the national capital to Kapuskasing, Ontario[11]


On August 7, 2007, Brian Salmi, then-president of the Rhinoceros Party, announced a $50-million lawsuit contesting an election reform law that had stripped his party of its registered status in 1993.

Legally changing his name to Sa Tan, he had planned to run under the Rhino banner in the September 2007 by-election. However, a previous law from 1993 stated that registered parties must run candidates in at least 50 ridings, at a cost of $1,000 per riding, to keep their status. In protest of the new law, the party planned to abstain from the election. Canada's then-chief electoral officer, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, rejected the abstention and ordered the party removed from the registry of Canadian political parties. The lawsuit was filed as a result of the removal from the national party registry by Mr. Kingsley. Since Salmi had legally changed his name, the lawsuit was filed as Sa Tan vs. Her Majesty The Queen.

The lawsuit was dropped after the ruling of the chief electoral officer was reversed in a new law passed in 2004 that said a party only had to run one candidate in a federal election or federal by-election to be considered registered.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

To date, candidates of Neorhino.ca and the Rhinoceros Party have not recorded any electoral victories. Before the Neorhino.ca candidates that stood for the ridings of Outremont and Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot in the 2007 federal by-elections, Neorhino.ca and the Rhinoceros Party before them had not fielded a candidate since Bryan Gold's failed bid to win a 1990 by-election in the New Brunswick electoral district of Beauséjour.

Neorhino.ca candidates did not win any seats in the 2007 by-elections, the 2008 federal election, or the 2011 federal election.

2007/2008 by-elections[edit]

Candidate Votes % Placement District Date
François Gourd 145 0.6 6/12 Outremont September 17, 2007
Christian Willie Vanasse 384 1.2 6/7 Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot September 17, 2007
John Turner 111 0.4 5/6 Vancouver Quadra March 17, 2008

2008 federal election[edit]

Election # of candidates # of votes % of popular vote % in ridings run # of seats
2008 7 2,263 0.02% 0.67% 0

2009 by-elections[edit]

Candidate Votes % Placement District Date
Gabrielle Anctil 129 0.7 6/8 Hochelaga November 9, 2009

Rhinoceros Party[edit]

The party changed from neorhino.ca to its new formal name of the Rhinoceros Party in mid-2010. It also registered a new logo with Elections Canada.

Election # of candidates # of votes % of popular vote % in ridings run # of seats
2011 14 3,800 0.026% 0.57% 0
2015 27 7,263 0.04% 0

2011 candidates[edit]

Riding Province Candidate Occupation Notes Votes % Placement
Ahuntsic Quebec Jean-Olivier Berthiaume 299 0.64 6/6
Berthier—Maskinongé Quebec Martin Jubinville 373 0.66 6/6
Chicoutimi—Le Fjord Quebec Marielle Couture 340 0.67 6/6
Hochelaga Quebec Hugo Samson Veillette 246 0.53 6/8
Honoré-Mercier Quebec Valery Chevrefils-Latulippe 181 0.38 6/7
LaSalle—Émard Quebec Guillaume Berger-Richard 208 0.50 7/7
Laurier—Sainte-Marie Quebec François Yo Gourd 398 0.79 6/9
Outremont Quebec Tommy Gaudet 160 0.41 6/7
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie Quebec Jean-Patrick Berthiaume Politician[12] Born in Saint-Jérôme, Berthiaume contested Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie in the 2008 federal election as a neorhino.ca candidate.[13] He was the leader of the Rhinoceros Party's Laboratoire des Sciences de la Démocratie (LSD) in 2011.[14] 417 0.77 6/7
Sherbrooke Quebec Crédible Berlingot Landry 233 0.45 6/6
Trois-Rivières Quebec Francis Arsenault 256 0.51 7/7
Westmount—Ville-Marie Quebec Victoria Haliburton 140 0.34 6/7
Peace River Alberta Donovan Eckstrom 345 0.72 6/6
Cariboo—Prince George British Columbia Jordan Turner 204 0.47 7/7

2015 candidates [15][edit]

The election of 2015 was very long : it started in beginning August to end on October 19. On August 17th, Sébastien CôRhino declared in Montréal he was willing to nationalize Tim Hortons and privatize the Royal Canadian Army at the same time : "We'll look at the results after five years, after 10 years, after 50 years and with the results of these studies we'll be able to determine if other economic sectors should also be nationalized or be privatized." Montreal candidate Ben 97 also publicly announce he wants to move the capital to Kapuskasing, Ontario. That would bring democracy closer to Canadians, because Kapuskasing is in the center of Canada.[16]

List :

Riding Province Candidate Name Occupation Notes Votes % Placement
Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou Quebec Mario Gagnon 258 0.75 6/6
Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Pascal Le Fou Gélinas 425 0.85 6/6
Ahuntsic-Cartierville Quebec Catherine Gascon-David 285 0.51 6/6
Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia Quebec Éric Normand 175 0.48 7/7
Compton-Stanstead Quebec Kevin Côté 315 0.56 6/6
Edmonton Centre Alberta Steven Stauffer 257 0.48 5/6
Edmonton Griesbach Alberta Bun Bun Thompson 144 0.30 7/8
Edmonton Strathcona Alberta Donovan Eckstrom 133 0.24 7/10
Elgin-Middlesex-London Ontario Lou Bernardi 185 0.32 6/6
Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine Quebec Max Boudreau 300 0.76 6/6
Hochelaga Quebec Nicolas Lemay 411 0.79 6/8
Jonquière Quebec Marielle Couture 382 0.79 6/6
Kings-Hants Nova Scotia Megan Brown-Hodges 184 0.39 5/7
La Pointe-de-l'Île Quebec Ben 97 Benoit 358 0.65 6/8
Lethbridge Alberta Solly Krygier-Paine 209 0.37 6/6
Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne Quebec Matthew Iakov Liberman 325 0.63 6/7
Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup Quebec Bien Gras Gagné 287 0.58 6/6
Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan Saskatchewan Robert Thomas 208 0.50 5/5
Ottawa Centre Ontario Conrad Lukawski 167 0.22 6/8
Papineau Quebec Tommy Gaudet 323 0.64 7/10
Richmond—Arthabaska Quebec Antoine Dubois 384 0.66 6/6
Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques Quebec Sébastien CôRhino Côrriveau Leader of party 273 0.61 6/6
Rivière du Nord Quebec Fobozof A. Côté 261 0.46 6/6
Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie Quebec Laurent Aglat 495 0.85 6/8
Saskatoon—University Saskatchewan Eric Matthew Schalm 93 0.21 5/5
Sherbrooke Quebec Hubert Richard 265 0.46 7/7
Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile-des-Soeurs Quebec Daniel Wolfe 161 0.32 6/7


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  2. ^ Canada, Elections. "Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration". www.elections.ca. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
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  11. ^ a b "Rhino Party promises to nationalize Tim Hortons, move capital to Kapuskasing". Toronto Star, August 18, 2015.
  12. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: ROSEMONT--LA PETITE-PATRIE (2011/05/02), Parliament of Canada, accessed 23 November 2013.
  13. ^ Berthiaume received 319 votes (0.61%), finishing sixth.
  14. ^ Éric Noël, "Jean-Patrick Berthiaume du parti Rhinocéros: de la folie à la créativité", Rue Masson, 22 April 2011, accessed 23 November 2013.
  15. ^ "History of Federal Ridings since 1867". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Anything but extinct: Rhinoceros Party back for 2015 federal election - CTV News". www.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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