Rhinoceros Party

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Parti Rhinocéros Party
LeaderSébastien CoRhino[1]
FounderFrançois Gourd
FoundedMay 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)
Headquarters454 Tessier Street, Rimouski, Québec G5L 4L1
IdeologyPolitical satire
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Logo used from 2006 to 2010

The Rhinoceros Party, officially the Parti Rhinocéros Party,[2] is a Canadian federal-level political party. It originally existed from 1963 to 1993. It was refounded in Montreal on May 21, 2006, and was recognized by Elections Canada as an official political party on August 23, 2007.[3] It was known as neorhino.ca until 2010, when the party changed its name, registering a new party logo.

The party was founded by François "Yo" Gourd, who was involved with the original incarnation of the First Rhinoceros Party. He has said that he named the new party (then under the name "neorhino") for the Rhinoceros Party and for Neo, the Matrix character.[4] The party is led by Sébastien Côrriveau[5] (who used the names "Sébastien CôRhino Côrriveau" and "Sébastien CoRhino" when running in the 2015 and 2019 federal elections, respectively[6][7]). It promises, like its predecessor, not to keep any of its promises if elected.[8]

Rhinoceros Party of Canada (1963–1993)[edit]

Rhinoceros Party of Canada
Parti Rhinocéros
Former federal party
LeaderCornelius the First
FounderJacques Ferron
Animals as electoral candidates

The Rhinoceros Party (French: Parti Rhinocéros) was a registered political party in Canada from the 1960s to the 1990s. Operating within the tradition of political satire, the Rhinoceros Party's basic credo, their so-called primal promise, was "a promise to keep none of our promises".[9] They then promised outlandishly impossible schemes designed to amuse and entertain the voting public.[10]

The Rhinos were started in 1963 by Jacques Ferron,[11] "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 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.[12] 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".[13]

Some members of the Rhino party would call themselves Marxist-Lennonist, a parody of the factional split between the Communist Party of Canada and the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), although the Rhinoceros Party meant the term in reference to Groucho Marx and John Lennon.[14]

The party used as its logo a woodcut of a rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer, with the words D'une mare à l'autre (a French translation of Canada's Latin motto a mari usque ad mare, playing on the word mare, which means pond in French[15]) at the top.

Policies and politics[edit]

In addition to the national platform promises released by the party leadership, individual candidates also had considerable freedom to campaign on their own ideas and slogans. Bryan Gold of the Rhinoceros Party described the party platform as two feet high and made of wood: "My platform is the one I'm standing on". A candidate named Ted "not too" Sharp ran in Flora MacDonald's Kingston and the Islands riding with the campaign slogan "Fauna, not flora", promising to give fauna equal representation.[16] He also took a stand on abortion (promising, if elected, never to have an abortion) and capital punishment: "If it was good enough for my grandfather, then it's good enough for me". To strengthen Canada's military, Sharp planned to tow Antarctica north to the Arctic Circle: "Once we have Antarctica, we'll control all of the world's cold. If another Cold War starts, we'll be unbeatable".[17]

In the 1988 election, the Rhinoceros Party ran a candidate named John Turner in the same riding as Liberal leader John Turner, and received 760 votes.[18] Penny Hoar, a safe sex activist, distributed condoms in Toronto while running under the slogan: "Politicians screw you—protect yourself".[19]

1979 campaign[edit]

  • Government:
  • Energy:
    • Building one nuclear power plant per household, including monthly distributions of lead underwear to Canadians. Indoor lighting would then be provided by radioactive citizens.[22]
    • Burning all the standing barns in Canada to provide energy, under the slogan Burn a barn for Britain.[22]
  • Gender issues:
    • Alimony payments would go directly to the federal government, and responsibility for withholding those payments would fall upon the federal government.[22]
    • Men would be allowed to work as prostitutes, wet nurses, secretaries and receptionists.[22]

1984 campaign[edit]

  • Economy
    • The Rhinoceros Party pledged to eliminate small businesses, and replace them with very small businesses, having less than one employee.[23]
    • Candidate Graham Ashley, standing in Ottawa-Vanier, pledged to take Canada off the Gold Standard, and implement a Snow Standard, which would improve the economy until the summer.[24]
  • Public works
    • Candidate Stardust the Magician promised to put a roof on Olympic Stadium, using only a $25-million handkerchief.[25]

Other campaigns[edit]

Other platform promises of the Rhinoceros Party included:

  • Repealing the law of gravity[26][27]
  • Providing higher education by building taller schools[18][28]
  • Instituting English, French and illiteracy as Canada's three official languages[18]
  • Tearing down the Rocky Mountains so that Albertans could see the Pacific sunset[27]
  • Eliminating unemployment by abolishing Statistics Canada, thereby eliminating the bureaucrats that measure unemployment.[29]
  • Making Montreal the Venice of North America by damming the St. Lawrence River[30]
  • Abolishing the environment because it's too hard to keep clean and it takes up so much space[18]
  • Annexing the United States, which would take its place as the third territory in Canada's backyard (after the Yukon and the Northwest Territories—Nunavut did not yet exist), in order to eliminate foreign control of Canada's natural resources[31]
  • Ending crime by abolishing all laws[32]
  • To provide more parking in the Maritimes by paving the Bay of Fundy, and to create the world's largest parking by paving the province of Manitoba[18][27]
  • Turning Montreal's Saint Catherine Street into the world's longest bowling alley[18]
  • Amending Canada's Freedom of Information Act: "Nothing is free anymore; Canadians should have to pay for their information".[33]
  • Making the Canadian climate more temperate by tapping into the natural resource of hot air in Ottawa.[33]
  • Storing nuclear waste in the Senate: "After all, we've been storing political waste there for years".[33]
  • Adopting the British system of driving on the left; this was to be gradually phased in over five years with large trucks and tractors first, then buses, eventually including small cars, and bicycles and wheelchairs last.[20]
  • Selling the Senate of Canada at an antique auction in California[27][31]
  • Putting the national debt on Visa[34]
  • Declaring war on Belgium because a Belgian cartoon character, Tintin, killed a rhinoceros in one of the cartoons[28][35]
  • Offering to call off the proposed Belgium-Canada war if Belgium delivered a case of mussels and a case of Belgian beer to Rhinoceros "Hindquarters" in Montreal (the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa did, in fact, do this)[28][35]
  • Painting Canada's coastal sea limits in watercolour so that Canadian fish would know where they were at all times[30]
  • Banning guns and butter, since both kill[30]
  • Banning lousy Canadian winters[18]
  • Building a bridge spanning the country, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.[36]
  • Making the Trans-Canada Highway one way only.[36]
  • Changing Canada's currency to bubble gum, so it could be inflated or deflated at will.[37]
  • Donating a free rhinoceros to every aspiring artist in Canada[31]
  • Counting the Thousand Islands to see if the Americans have stolen any[16]
  • Knocking down the Rocky Mountains and building giant bicycle paths sloping downhill in both directions, so Canadians could coast from coast to coast.[38]

The Rhino Party also declared that, should they somehow actually win an election, they would immediately dissolve and force a second election: "We Rhinos think that elections are so much fun, we want to hold them all the time".[39] They also declared victory after one election, claiming all candidates were Rhinoceroses, whether they knew or acknowledged it: thick-skinned, short-sighted, mean-tempered, etc.

Notable candidates[edit]

Michel Rivard once went on television (during free air time given to political parties) and stated: "I have but two things to say to you: Celery and Sidewalk. Thank you, good night".

A British Columbia splinter group proposed running a professional dominatrix for the position of party whip, renaming "British Columbia" to "La La Land", moving the provincial capital, and merging with the Progressive Conservative Party so as "not to split the silly vote".

Although not recognized in the United States, former baseball pitcher Bill Lee ran for President of the United States in 1988 on the Rhinoceros Party ticket.[40]

In the 2019 Canadian federal election, the Rhinoceros Party ran a candidate named Maxime Bernier in the riding of Beauce against the incumbent, unrelated Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada.[41] Neither candidate won, with both being defeated by Conservative Party candidate Richard Lehoux.[42]

Electoral record[edit]

The Rhinoceros Party never succeeded in winning a seat in the House of Commons. In the 1984 federal election, however, the party won the fourth-largest number of votes, after the three main political parties, but ahead of several well-established minor parties. Rhino candidates sometimes came in second in certain ridings, humiliating traditional Canadian parties in the process. In the 1980 federal election, for instance, the Rhinoceros party nominated a professional clown/comedian named Sonia "Chatouille" Côté ("chatouille" means "Tickles" in French) in the Laurier riding in Montréal. Côté came in second place, after the successful Liberal candidate, but ahead of both other major parties: the third place New Democrat, and the fourth-place Progressive Conservative candidate.[43] Chatouille received almost twice as many votes as the PC candidate.

Early in the party's history, when it was mainly composed of French-speaking Québécois, they chose their only unilingual anglophone party member as their official translator.

Electoral results[edit]

Election # of candidates nominated # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote % of vote in ridings contested
1972 (1)


(1) The Rhinoceros Party ran 12 candidates in the 1972 election, but was not recognized as a registered party by Elections Canada, and therefore its candidates were listed as independents. (Source: Toronto Star, October 31, 1972.)

1993 abstention and subsequent dissolution[edit]

The party abstained from the 1993 federal election while 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.[45] 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, who now claims to hold the distinction of being Canada's "least-wanted fugitive".

In 2001, Brian "Godzilla" Salmi, who received his nickname because of the Godzilla suit he wore while campaigning, tried to revive the Rhinoceros Party to contest the British Columbia provincial election. While they pulled some pranks that earned some media coverage, only two of its candidates (Liar Liar in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Helvis in Vancouver-Burrard) appeared on the ballots, as the party claimed the $1000 candidate registration fee was a financial hardship. Unregistered candidates included Geoff Berner, who received national wire service coverage for promising "cocaine and whores to potential investors".[46] The party disbanded shortly thereafter.


François Gourd, a prominent Rhino, later started another political movement, the entartistes, who attracted attention in the 1990s by planting cream pies in the faces of various Canadian politicians.[47] In 2006, he led a group that set up Neorhino.ca in an attempt to recapture the Rhinoceros Party spirit,[48] and ran as a Neorhino candidate in the 2007 Outremont by-election.

Other Rhinoceros Party members founded the Parti citron (Lemon Party), which attempted to bring a similar perspective to provincial politics in Quebec.[27]

After the party's dissolution, a number of independent election candidates informally claimed the Rhinoceros Party label even though the party itself no longer existed. There were also a number of unsuccessful attempts to revive the Rhinos as a legally incorporated political party, though this was not fully achieved until Neorhino.ca.


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.[8]

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% 0.52% 0
2019 43 9,408 0.04% 0.45% 0
2021 27 6,085 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[49] Born in Saint-Jérôme, Berthiaume contested Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie in the 2008 federal election as a neorhino.ca candidate.[50] He was the leader of the Rhinoceros Party's Laboratoire des Sciences de la Démocratie (LSD) in 2011.[51] 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[edit]

Sébastien CoRhino Corriveau, leader of the Rhinoceros Party since 2014, shown here in 2019.

On August 17, 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.[52][53]

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
Gaspésie—Les Îles-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 Challenged Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who became Prime Minister of Canada after the election 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—Île-des-Sœurs Quebec Daniel Wolfe 161 0.32 6/7

2019 candidates[edit]

List of candidates and election results:[54][55]

Riding Province Candidate Name Occupation Notes Votes % Placement
Québec Québec Sébastien CoRhino Leader of the Rhinoceros Party and eternal commander of good humor[56] Party dealer[57] 349 0.6 7/8
Beauce Québec Maxime Bernier Ran against former cabinet minister Maxime Bernier 1,072 0.8 7/7
Laurentides—Labelle Québec Ludovic Schneider 265 0.4 7/8
Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs Québec Tommy Douteulogue Gaudet 165 0.3 7/10
Hochelaga Québec Chinook Blais-Leduc 301 0.6 7/9
Thérèse-De Blainville Québec Alain Lamontagne 213 0.4 7/8
LaSalle—Émard—Verdun Québec Rhino Jacques Bélanger 261 0.5 8/9
Laurier—Sainte-Marie Québec Mélissa Archie Morals Charron 203 0.4 7/10
Outremont Québec Mark John Hiemstra 151 0.4 7/7
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country British Columbia Gordon Jeffrey 206 0.3 6/7
Drummond Québec Réal BatRhino 205 0.5 7/8
Compton—Stanstead Québec Jonathan Therrien 250 0.4 7/7
Thornhill Ontario Nathan Bregman 217 0.4 5/6
Mégantic—L'Érable Québec Damien Roy 250 0.5 7/8
Edmonton Centre Alberta Donovan Eckstrom 201 0.4 6/8
Berthier—Maskinongé Québec Martin Acetaria Caesar Jubinville 161 0.3 7/9
Calgary Signal Hill Alberta Christina Bassett 505 0.8 6/7
Newmarket—Aurora Ontario Laurie Goble 101 0.2 7/7
Sherbrooke Québec Steve A Côté DeLaTrack 221 0.4 7/8
Papineau Québec Jean-Patrick “Cacereco” Berthiaume Challenged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 334 0.7 6/11
Montarville Québec Thomas Thibault-Vincent 208 0.4 7/7
Hull—Aylmer Québec Sébastien Grenier 191 0.4 8/8
Glengarry—Prescott—Russell Ontario Marc-Antoine Gagnier Author and YouTuber[58] 187 0.3 8/8
Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Québec Cowboy Jay 353 0.9 6/7
Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle Québec Xavier Watso 169 0.3 8/8
Chicoutimi—Le Fjord Québec Line “Wallace” Bélanger 290 0.7 7/7
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie Québec Jos Guitare Lavoie 342 0.6 6/9
Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques Québec Lysane Picker-Paquin 176 0.4 7/7
Brome—Missisquoi Québec Steeve Cloutier 307 0.5 7/8
Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan Éric Normand Challenged Conservative Official Opposition leader Andrew Scheer 75 0.2 8/8
Windsor West Ontario Conrad Lukawski N/A N/A N/A
Terrebonne Québec Paul Vézina 252 0.4 7/8
Toronto Centre Ontario Sean Carson Comedian and writer[59] 143 0.3 6/9
Ottawa—Vanier Ontario Derek Miller 339 0.5 7/10
Kings—Hants Nova Scotia Nicholas Tan 147 0.3 6/7
Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing Ontario Le Marquis de Marmalade 124 0.3 6/6
Richmond Hill Ontario Otto Fungi Wevers 126 0.3 6/6
Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia Québec Mathieu Castonguay Web programmer[60] 178 0.5 7/7
Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas Ontario Spencer Rocchi Teacher[61] 159 0.2 6/6
Hamilton Mountain Ontario Richard Plett Businessman[62] 109 0.2 7/7
Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan Daniel Gagnon Refused[63] N/A N/A N/A
Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan Ryan Huard Firmware developer[64] Refused[64] N/A N/A N/A

2021 candidates[edit]

List of candidates and election results:[65]

Riding Province Candidate Occupation Notes Votes % Placement
Central Nova Nova Scotia Ryan Smyth 65 0.16 8/8
Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup Quebec Thibaud Mony 269 0.56 6/6
Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques Quebec Megan Hodges 192 0.46 8/8
Jonquière Quebec Line Bélanger 372 0.82 6/6
Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier Quebec Tommy Pelletier 490 0.75 7/7
Saint-Maurice—Champlain Quebec Dji-Pé Frazer 285 0.51 8/9
Richmond—Arthabaska Quebec Marjolaine Delisle 448 0.78 7/7
Beloeil—Chambly Quebec Thomas Thibault-Vincent Challenged Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet 185 0.28 9/10
Papineau Quebec Above Znoneofthe Challenged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 418 0.92 7/10
Hochelaga Quebec Alan Smithee 238 0.50 7/9
Abitibi—Témiscamingue Quebec Joël Lirette 275 0.60 8/8
Gatineau Quebec Sébastien Grenier 178 0.34 8/9
Hull—Aylmer Quebec Mike LeBlanc 203 0.40 8/9
Rivière-du-Nord Quebec Jean-François René 373 0.65 7/8
Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston Ontario Blake Hamilton 211 0.34 6/6
Durham Ontario Adam Smith Challenged Conservative Official Opposition leader Erin O'Toole 150 0.22 6/7
Etobicoke—Lakeshore Ontario Sean Carson 119 0.19 7/7
Mississauga—Lakeshore Ontario Kayleigh Tahk 94 0.17 6/6
Burlington Ontario Jevin David Carroll 122 0.18 6/6
Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas Ontario Spencer Rocchi 137 0.22 6/6
Kitchener South—Hespeler Ontario Stephen Davis 93 0.19 7/8
Saint Boniface—Saint Vital Manitoba Sébastien CoRhino Leader of the Rhinoceros Party and eternal commander of good humor[66] Party dealer[67] 80 0.18 6/21
Grande Prairie—Mackenzie Alberta Donovan Eckstrom 314 0.59 6/6
Calgary Heritage Alberta Mark Dejewski 230 0.43 7/7
Calgary Nose Hill Alberta Vanessa Wang 285 0.57 6/9
Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge British Columbia Peter Buddle 161 0.30 6/6
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country British Columbia Gordon Jeffrey 198 0.15 6/8


2019 campaign:

  • National Defence
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that National Defense is their number one priority.[68]
  • The Economy
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that the Economy is their number one priority.[68]
    • The party plans to open tax havens in all provinces to keep foreign funds "local".[68]
    • By 2022, the party pledges to complete the privatization of the Senate initiated by previous governments.[68]
    • Fill the coffers of the state by allowing advertising in the Senate and the House of Commons.[68]
    • To stimulate the economy, were it to be elected, the party would change 25 cents into thirty-cents. In this way, taxpayers would see their income increase by 16%![68]
  • Education
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that education is the number one priority[68]
    • Replace teachers on leave with photos of famous scientists.[68]
  • Employment
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that employment is the number one priority[68]
    • By 2020 all citizens will have a job and some will even have two.[68]
    • Rewrite the Labour Code in order to add one holiday per month. April 1 and the birthday of the party leader will also become holidays. Finally, it will be forbidden to work the day after a holiday.[68]
    • Reduce the number of accidents in factories by wrapping all workers in bubble wrap.[68]
  • Green Plan
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that the Environment is the number one priority[68]
    • Green cars are not available in sufficient numbers in Canada. Car manufacturers would be forced to build more green cars: forest green, pale green, khaki green and neon green.[68]
    • Scientists predict that in the next 20 years, global warming will threaten the existence of human beings. The party says they can make it happen in 10 years![68]
    • In order to fight global warming, all citizens will be forced to leave their windows open in the summer and to operate the air conditioning to the maximum.[68]
    • Bribe the Weather Network hosts to announce more sunshine on the weekend and less snow in the winter.[68]
    • Use global warming to Canada's advantage, making the country warmer, shortening winters, and creating an agriculture industry in the territories.[69]
  • Justice
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that justice is the number one priority[68]
    • In the interests of equity among all Canadian provinces, the War Measures Act will be applied to the 9 provinces that did not have the privilege in October 1970.[68]
  • Canadian Heritage
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that Canadian Heritage is the number one priority[68]
    • Make "Sorry" the new official motto of Canada.[68]
    • Nationalize bacon.[68]
    • To create a more egalitarian Canada, all maps will be redrawn so that all provinces are rectangular like Saskatchewan.
    • Make illiteracy the third official language of Canada.[68]
  • International relationships
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that International relationships are THE number one priority[68]
    • Following the Trudeau government's inaction, the magnetic pole moved from Canada to Russia. The Rhinoceros Party has promised to bring it back.[68]
    • Finished, ambassador appointments in a partisan and arbitrary way! The ambassador positions will now be sold to the highest bidders.[68]
    • Annexation of Massachusetts to have champion sports teams again.[68]
  • Health
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that health is the number one priority[68]
    • Reduce traffic in emergency rooms across Canada by eliminating waiting rooms.[68]
    • To counter the shortage of doctors and nurses, all employees will be provided with steroids to increase their performance.[68]
  • Public security
    • The Rhinoceros Party says that public security is the number one priority[68]
    • To help victims of identity theft, a new name and birth date will be provided to citizens who request it.[68]
    • To increase the safety of Canadian children, the name of newborns must be at least 12 letters, including a capital letter, a number and a special character.[68]

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[70]
  • Repeal the law of gravity[70]
  • Promote higher education by building taller schools[70]
  • Pave the Bay of Fundy to make more parking for the Maritimes[70]
  • Count the Thousand Islands to make sure the Americans didn’t steal any[70]
  • Change Montreal’s rue Ste-Catherine into the world’s longest bowling alley[70]
  • Ban crappy Canadian winters[70]
  • Abolish all laws to end crime[70]
  • Tear down the Rockies so Albertans can see the Pacific sunset[70]
  • Abolish lawn mowing in Outremont, QC[70]
  • Ban guns and butter—both kill[70]
  • Reform the retail lottery scheme by replacing cash prizes with Senate appointments[70]
  • Forget having two official languages; replace with having two official ears[70] (In French, the same word is used for "language" and for "tongue")
  • Seat the Queen of Canada in Buckingham, Quebec[70]
  • Privatize the Queen[71]
  • Tax the black market[71]
  • Nationalize Tim Hortons[72]
  • Move the national capital to Kapuskasing, Ontario to be closer to the centre of the country[72]
  • In order to increase car pooling and reduce road speeds, car manufacturers will need to move the brake pedal to the passenger side.[68]
  • Rename black ice to neon yellow ice.[68]
  • During a storm all speed limits will be eliminated to make sure Canadians spend as little time on the roads as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of a collision.[68]
  • Use rubber instead of concrete when building roads in major cities to reduce the number of injuries to cyclists.[68]
  • Encouraged by the success of law that now allows motorists to turn right on a red light, the party will now allow them to turn left or go straight.[68]
  • Mandate archaeologists to discover if remains of roads actually exist under Montreal potholes.[68]
  • Promote MP fitness by having them cross the floor daily.
  • Transport oil and gas in blimps instead of pipelines.


There is Rhinoceros Party fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[73]

See also[edit]


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