I like living in a country where you can actually use political means to achieve your goals. There is no need to take hostages, no need to blow people up, no need for fear in the streets. Other than an awful few months, the recent debate over Quebec's status within Canada has actually been an exchange of ideas rather than an exchange of gunfire, with the final decision resting in hands of the populace itself.

You might disagree with the implementation but it's hard to argue that the process is uncivilised. The fact that I am surrounded by a population (for the most part) willing to live and implement their ideas, no matter how radical or divisive or even destructive, in a political sense, through democratic means heartens me to no end. Are we an exception? Clearly. But it gives me hope that it's feasible. You can convince people to fight with ballots not bullets.