The New York Times Magazine put it well on December 13, 2015: Canada's recent federal election "was nothing less than an existential struggle over what it means to be Canadian."
As a non-partisan dispute resolution practitioner, I welcome the tolerance, generosity, diversity, collaboration, and consultation that is emerging on a national scale. I commend Canadian leaders at all levels for modelling what it means to be citizens of the world as opposed to individual taxpayers.
Words like tolerance and collaboration might suggest unattainable ideals, but in my experience they are necessary and intensely practical behaviours that demand discipline, perseverance, good will, and time.
Will this kinder, gentler Canada endure? History's cycles suggest otherwise. But, as Richard Alpert/Ram Dass would say, "Be here now."