Absolutely Absurd Party

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The Absolutely Absurd Party is a Canadian joke political party, which carries on the tradition of political satire. It was founded in Kitchener, Ontario by John Jagiellowicz in 2003. Dave Nesarajah was its auditor.[1] [2]

The party is satirical of government, and is semi-anarchistic; they claim to promote a form of direct democracy.[3] Proposed laws appear to support activities such as drinking alcohol, recreational drug use, and recreational sex.[4]

The party advocates many policies that are seen by many as jokes, including: reducing the legal voting age to 14 ("When was the last time a 14-year-old started a war?"[4]); in federal elections, the individual in dead last becomes the elected official, rather than the one with the most votes; "streamline the Department of Defence by replacing the Department with a crack, elite squad of Rock/Paper/Scissors commandos."[4] Another proposal was to raffle off senate seats, which could have served as a fund-raising mechanism.

The chief electoral officer ruled that the party could be officially registered "if it has candidates whose nomination has been confirmed in 50 electoral districts at the next general election",[5] but they did not stand in the 2004 general election, having withdrawn their application to stand.[6][7]

See also[edit]

  • List of frivolous parties
  • List of political parties in Canada

References[edit]

  1. Rubinoff, Joel (8 February 2003). "New political party 'Absolutely Absurd'". The Record. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. Christian, William (3 April 2004). "They've put a classic label on a brand-new product". The Record. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
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  5. "Parliament". Canada Gazette. 20 December 2003. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  6. Dornan, Chris; Pammett, Jon H. (2004). The Canadian general election of 2004. Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 171. ISBN 1-55002-516-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration". Elections Canada. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

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