Promises to break promises

Gordon Jeffrey is a typical 32-year-old Whistler resident. When he’s not working as a waiter, he can be found skiing, biking, playing music or with his dog – but this candidate won’t be found door-knocking during his campaign for the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country Member of Parliament.

“I don’t like to bother people, and I don’t like to be bothered, so the idea of knocking on random people’s doors is abhorrent to me,” he says. “I’m counting on the constituents to appreciate that. I also won't be sending any junk mail. That annoys the bejesus out of me when some party sends me a leaflet with all their new fake promises that they're not going to keep.” 

While Jeffrey says he’s always had an interest in politics, he didn’t expect to get involved on the federal level. He said he has always admired the Rhinoceros Party, and when he saw it was resurrected, he got in touch.

Founded in 1963, the Rhinoceros Party “has always sought to make Canadians laugh while laughing at politicians,” the party’s website reads. To date, a member of the party has never been elected.

“Our main promise is that we promise not to keep any of our promises, which used to be a lot more amusing,” Jeffrey said. “That used to be the thing to set us apart from the other parties, but now we’re just the only ones who are up front about it.” 

As for Jeffrey, he’s also full of jokes – rollercoasters will become a mode of public transit in cities, his idea for a Super Mario Pipeline will fill the gap left behind by Greyhound – but gets serious when talking about strategic voting.

“Basically, I felt pretty disillusioned with our major political parties,” Jeffrey said. “There’s not a single party that represents my views. I really don’t like the idea of strategically voting. It seems like, for my entire life, everybody’s just been trying to vote for the lesser of two evils, and I’m tired of voting for evil. I think politics in Canada have become somewhat of a farce, and that the only logical thing to do is to spearhead the Rhinos.”

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