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a military or political union or alliance.

(1) A temporary military-political alliance of two or several states, concluded for combined operations against some other state or group of states (for example, the anti-Hitler coalition).

(2) An agreement between two or several political parties. A coalition is most frequently established so that a government can be formed with a parliamentary majority of the parties (a coalition government). In bourgeois states with a multiparty system, the coalition is widely used if none of the parties has a majority in parliament.

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The Calgary labour community of the teens and twenties strikes me as one with many--perhaps too many--different tricks up its collective sleeve, and with regard to generalizations like the influence: of the Lloyd George coalitionists, it is important not to throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.
As to Pat Buchanan supporters: Those who prefer populism, patriotism, constitutionalism, America first, "fair trade" - not "free trade," for keeping America out of other people's wars, and for moral righteousness are not all Christian Coalitionists as many journalists would lead us to believe.
Later, at almost 11 that night, as dozens of coalitionists milled around the audio- and videotape table waiting for an opportunity to snap up the words of Buchanan, the man they'd just heard, they held an informal poll of what Republican ticket they would support.