Weird political parties


Yes, there’s a political party for that – Exploring some of the strangest political parties ever created

Amber Carver, Staff Writer

Yes, there’s a political party for that.
It is no surprise that the world of politics is one that is often viewed in a serious regard. After all, political parties are a source of debate and pressure amongst individuals.
Throughout history, there have been a number of parties that have had less than serious political goals, aiming to demystify the fiery stage of politics. There have been notable political fringe movements in both the UK and Canada, which have given rise to some of the most bizarre political parties.

Rhinoceros Party (Canada)

The Rhinoceros Party, originating in Canada during the ‘60s and remaining active for a few decades after, was arguably the most famous Canadian fringe party to date.
It gained attention for its rather satirical platform, which included things like a vow to not keep any of their promises, and even a repeal on the law of gravity. Interestingly enough, they got second place in one federal election. Their candidate? A professional clown.

The McGillicuddy Serious party (New Zealand)

The McGillicuddy Serious Party was a party that was active in New Zealand during the ‘80s and ‘90s. They were known mainly for their peculiar candidate selection process, which included water balloon fights, newspaper sword duels, and even musical chairs.
In terms of policy, they had a platform that mocked those of major parties. Some of their policies included a push for sand becoming legal currency, lowering the voting age to anyone under the age of eighteen, and mandatory homosexuality for one third of the population.

Polish Beer-Lovers’ Party (Poland)

The Polish Beer-Lovers’ Party operated out of Poland, reaching its height in popularity during the ‘90s. It formed as a result of Poland’s rather unstable party system following the collapse of Communism.
Their platform aimed to end alcoholism by encouraging people to drink beer instead of vodka. At one point, they gained sixteen seats in the Polish parliament before splitting into two parties; the Little Beer Party and Big Beer Party. Surprisingly, they actually became a legitimate political organization with a serious platform.

Youth international Party (United States)

The Youth International Party, formed in the United States and running throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, was a result of the counterculture movement that was going on at the time.
Although this party had legitimate goals, they became known for their media stunts, like an attempt to levitate the Pentagon with psychic energy and running a pig for president. They were also well recognized for their large amount of protesting.

The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party (Canada)

The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party, founded in Newfoundland, gained popularity during the early 2000s. It was created by a combination of both professional and amateur wrestlers. It chose its party leader by hosting an 11-man wrestling match, awarding the title to the winner.
Though the party sounds rather absurd, it had a rather sound political platform, which focused on seeking to aid both environmental and economic endeavors.