Coalition governments are rare in the Canadian context. However, our system allows for them, and in theory it is quite capable of sustaining them if the parties can make them work. CBC radio is talking about "uncharted waters" which is true to an extent, but the implication behind it is a fear of something "new" and "different". Arguments that suggest the coalition is wrong because it is unusual do a discredit to our system of government and people in this country.
Harper is a political anomaly. He is a vicious new animal in our political landscape. He seeks to destroy all opposition. It is no wonder that the system will eventually alter in response. Whatever the outcome of this round, as long as Harper remains, he now faces an Opposition open to considering a new and usual things to ensure their survival.