Quebec rock legend Robert Charlebois, photographed in Montreal in 2013, was once a candidate for the Rhinoceros Party of Canada, which launched its federal election campaign in Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.
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The Rhinoceros Party of Canada launched its campaign in front of the Verdun beach in Montreal on Saturday.“Rhino” Jacques Bélanger, the party’s candidate for Lasalle—Émard—Verdun was handing out hotdogs, handshakes and a lot of promises.“We are promising you twice as many things as other parties,” Bélanger said.One of these promises is to transform the Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel into a free carwash. Bélanger said they promise “a higher education to Canadians by building higher schools.”The Rhinos want more green cars on the road including dark green, pale green and fluorescent green cars. In fact, the party wants fluorescent green to be Canada’s national colour.Around a dozen candidates were present at the urban beach to launch the campaign. Sébastien “CoRhino” Corriveau, leader of the party, said there will be between 80 and 100 candidates from the party in this year’s election.“The Rhinoceros Party is spread out for real. The last 30 years have been difficult, there was a renaissance in 2006, but there were only candidates in Montreal,” Corriveau said. “But this year we have them all over the country,” he added, while one of his candidates behind him was lighting a pipe full of cannabis.Although the party has ideas that could tempt many citizens, such as a day off after each holiday, the Rhinoceros Party has never managed to elect anyone. But Corriveau wants to change that and he will be running against Liberal minister Jean-Yves Duclos in Québec City.“He is a Liberal minister who got 29 per cent of the votes. Can you believe he won despite the fact 71 per cent of voters didn’t want him? I am telling you I will beat him,” said Corriveu as the crowd applauded.The Rhinoceros Party was created by writer Jacques Ferron in 1963. Many public personalities have been candidates for the party, including Michel Rivard, Simonne Monet-Chartrand, Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, Robert Charlebois, Gaston Miron and Raoul Duguay.This time, they planning on winning the federal election by giving out many hotdogs.