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ROTHENBURGER – Minority and coalition governments aren’t new in B.C., and they don’t work

Flyin’ Phil Gaglardi, immortalized in a statue in St. Andrew’s on the Square, was part of a minority B.C. government. (Image: Armchair Mayor)

IT FEELS as though B.C. is entering brand new political territory, but this won’t be the first time the province has been governed by a minority government. And if we end up with a coalition, that won’t be new, either.

In fact, B.C. was led by a Liberal-Conservative coalition for more than a decade. That coalition was followed immediately by a short-lived minority government. The province even once had an alternative voting system that turned out to be a dismal failure.

I researched and wrote about it in my 1991 book “Friend O’ Mine,” the life story of former B.C. Highways Minister Phil Gaglardi.

It all happened this way.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5151 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Minority and coalition governments aren’t new in B.C., and they don’t work

  1. so why is just about every other democratic country in the world using some kind of pro-rep system

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