Rhinoceros Party | The Canadian Encyclopedia


Rhinoceros Party

The Rhinoceros Party was founded in 1963 by a group of humorists led by Montreal doctor Jacques Ferron to poke fun at federal election campaigns. First fielding candidates for 1964 by-elections, it participated in every subsequent general election until 1985. Eighty-nine candidates (across Canada) represented the party in the federal election of 1984; it received 99,207 votes, 0.790% of the total votes cast. In May 1985, shortly after the death of Ferron, the party was officially dissolved.

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