While travelling through Tehran, I met an Iranian woman in her early 20s in a teahouse.
We shared a hookah stuffed with sweetly scented banana tobacco and talked politics while lounging on big, woven pillows. She was well aware of Iran’s limitations and pitfalls and was fiercely craving change.
Then our conversation switched to Canada. I explained the different levels of government and the voting system and when I finished, she asked one simple question.
“So is it truly democratic?”
The question blew my mind.
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