Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Rhinoceros
POLITICAL PARTY DETAILS
Color    
AbbreviationRHINO
Website
CountryCanada
Established1963-00-00
Disbanded1993-09-23
ContributorMonsieur
Last EditedRBH - September 16, 2007 09:16pm
DescriptionThe Rhinoceros Party of Canada, also known as the Rhinos, was a registered political party in Canada from the 1960s to the 1990s. Operating within the Canadian tradition of political satire, the Rhinoceros Party's basic credo was to "promise nothing", although in fact they often promised outlandishly impossible schemes designed to amuse and entertain the voting public.

The Rhinos were started in 1963 by Doctor Jacques Ferron, "Éminence de la Grande Corne du parti Rhinoceros", a famous separatist writer. 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, which claimed to be the spiritual descendants of a Brazilian rhinoceros who had been elected member of São Paulo's city council in the 1950s, listed Cornelius the First, a rhinoceros from the Granby zoo east of Montreal, as its leader. The party claimed 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."

BOOKS
Title Purchase Contributor

EVENTS
Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Aug 07, 2007 01:00pm News Rhinos sue federal government for party status  Article Monsieur 

DISCUSSION
INFORMATION LINKS

USERS
Manoli666

MOST RECENT RACES
10/21/2019 BC Parliament - West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country Gordon Jeffrey Lost 0.32% (-34.53%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Berthier—Maskinongé Martin Jubinville Lost 0.29% (-37.13%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Hull—Aylmer Sébastien Grenier Lost 0.35% (-53.71%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Outremont Mark John Hiemstra Lost 0.37% (-45.81%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Terrebonne Paul Vézina Lost 0.42% (-50.17%)
10/21/2019 ON Parliament - Ottawa—Vanier Derek Miller Lost 0.55% (-50.09%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Brome—Missisquoi Steeve Cloutier Lost 0.50% (-37.66%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - LaSalle—Émard—Verdun Rhino Jacques Bélanger Lost 0.51% (-43.02%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Papineau Jean-Patrick Berthiaume Lost 0.68% (-50.65%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Thérèse-De Blainville Alain Lamontagne Lost 0.37% (-41.45%)
10/21/2019 ON Parliament - Richmond Hill Otto Wevers Lost 0.25% (-43.14%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Chicoutimi—Le Fjord Line Bélanger Lost 0.67% (-35.99%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Laurentides—Labelle Ludovic Schneider Lost 0.41% (-46.55%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Québec Sébastien CoRhino Lost 0.64% (-32.56%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs Tommy Gaudet Lost 0.27% (-53.21%)
10/21/2019 ON Parliament - Toronto Centre Sean Carson Lost 0.27% (-57.11%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Compton—Stanstead Jonathan Therrien Lost 0.43% (-36.85%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Laurier—Sainte-Marie Archie Morals Lost 0.39% (-41.38%)
10/21/2019 QC Parliament - Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques Lysane Picker-Paquin Lost 0.39% (-37.44%)
10/21/2019 ON Parliament - Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing Le Marquis De Marmalade Lost 0.31% (-41.32%)