It was pretty much the best party in the face of the humorless. It has promises to keep no promises, mockeries of politicians and a claim of spiritual descent from the first rhinoceros in city council. Sadly, it's gone now, but it's legacy will always be remembered. The rhinoceros remains an accurate model for all politicians, wether they realize it or not.
If you want to look at goofy political parties, the Cool Moose party
wins hands down. One man in Rhode Island, running for Lt. Governor
every election (and almost winning the election prior to the last!) on
the platform of dissolving the position he was running for. That's it.
This position is stupid, doesn't do anything, and costs us a lot of
money. Elect me so I can write it out of our system and resign. That's
If you want to look at goofy political parties, the Cool Moose party wins hands down. One man in Rhode Island, running for Lt. Governor every election (and almost winning the election prior to the last!) on the platform of dissolving the position he was running for. That's it. This position is stupid, doesn't do anything, and costs us a lot of money. Elect me so I can write it out of our system and resign. That's fantastic.
My wife was born in Winnipeg, MB, Canada in 1971 and lived there until 2001, when she moved to the USA to marry me; and she has never heard of the Rhinoceros Party.
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.
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. Cornelius is still featured in the party's official logo. 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."
Neorhino.Ca candidates did not win any seats in the 2007 by-elections,the 2008 federal election, or the 2011 federal election.
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. 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 (1963–1993) dissolved.
The most votes a Rhinoceros Party Candidate has received is 417.
So, it would appear that the views of the Rhinoceros party are too radical, even for Canadians.