Actual 1984 footage of a Canadian electoral TV ad

 

…a 1984 free-time,prime-time telecast of Canada’s lately lamented Parti Rhinocéros (1963-93).

By 1984 there were 16 registered political parties in Canada. The Rhinos were fourth largest, outpolling even mainstream Conservatives and New Democrats in several ridings, primarily in Québec.

In 1993, the combined Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats, engineered several changes to the Canada Elections Act designed to remove the Rhinos and other lesser known parties from the political scene. The Rhinos countered with a ill-fated, fun-filled ‘Rhinobellion’ to try and restore democracy to the Canadas (Upper and Downer) but it was doomed from the start. Many of the changes to the Election Act were later found to be unconstitional, but at 14:35 hrs, (EST), September 23, 1993, Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer ordered the removal of the Parti Rhinocéros from the Canadian political system.

Most of the party’s 125,000 members – now exiled after 40 fun-filled years freely frolicking throughout Canada’s vast political wilderness — eventually found sanctuary in Québec’s secessionist movement where they languish to this day.


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