Sunday, March 25, 2007

A rhinoceros and a political party can fall in love... well, you know.

I love this wikipedia article on The Rhinoceros Party of Canada. My parents have nostalgaic stories of voting for this party in their heydey. The list of campaign promises of the RPC is particularly gratifying. Campaign promises included...

  • building sloping roads and bicycle paths across the country so that Canadians could "coast from coast to coast"
  • Demolishing the Rockies and using the resulting gravel to make a national nature trail
  • 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 last (this is my mom's favourite)
  • as an energy-saving idea, putting larger wheels on the back of all cars so that they will always be going downhill
  • selling the Canadian Senate at an antique auction in California
This article also notes that, "A British Columbia splinter group proposed running a professional dominatrix for the position of party whip... and merging with the Progressive Conservative Party so as 'not to split the silly vote.'"

Fun bonus multimedia link: Vancouver musician Geoff Berner ("The Maginot Line! The Maginot Line!") once ran in an election on the RPC ticket. He has a new song available for free download entitled "Don't Play Cards for Money With Corby Lund." Warning: this song contains elements of the ludicrously tragic.

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