In the British parliamentary system the party with the second most votes is the Loyal opposition. They are instructed to find fault with government policy, to show alternatives to give the electoate any choice. In a coalition government in this type of system I don't know if the second place party could be part of the government. Wher the Libs or Conservatives in B.C. ever the loyal opposition at the time they formed coalitions with the Social credit?
I don't believe they formed a coalition in the manner that you are describing. It isn't as though they ran in an election under their separate banners and then came together after. It is more like Priemier WAC Bennet absorbed the liberals and the conservatives into the Socred government. We see this on a smaller scale where the conservatives attracted a liberal in Vancouver after the election. This would be easier still if we put less emphasis on the party and more on good government. Premier Bennet understood this and won election after election. In the process his government built highways into the interior and hydro electric projects that made it possible for economic growth to expand big time in the interior of the province. The important thing for us to take from his example is that he expanded the base to accommodate a spectrum of perspectives and the votes that followed.
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