Petition: It's time for a referendum on separate schools

Alberta has two quite similar fully funded school systems, a public and inclusive system for almost everyone and a separate and exclusive system for Roman Catholics.

 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.

Twenty years after Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec did away with denominational education, it is time for Albertans to decide, with a single, province-wide referendum whether we want our children educated, together, in preparation for their life as adults, together.

I petition the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to conduct a province-wide referendum on the following question and to act in accordance with the outcome of the referendum: 

Do you support a single, fully-funded public school system in which all children, regardless of their parents’ religious affiliation, can be educated together in an inclusive atmosphere that is respectful of diversity and in which religious education and observances are accommodated?



GOAL: 1,835 signatures

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  • Religious believes should not be placed above science or any child’s learning. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it any less true.
  • I support Compulsory Secular Education for all Alberta children in Public Schools.

    Religion should be taught in an historical subjective comparative manner to all students.

    Religious education, indoctrination and observances should be conducted solely in the respective religious organisation’s already property tax exempt place of worship or assembly.
  • I applaud all Albertans who are championing the immediate dis-establishment of our publicly funded Catholic school system. There are many moral and economic reasons for Alberta to urgently have one, GREAT, secular system that is inclusive for all students.
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  • We need an Inclusive Education System
  • I never believed in the separate system. Where I grew up there was only one school….the PUBLIC school. Everyone, no matter what their religion or faith was, went to that school and everything was fine.
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  • I believe in one school system for all. No publicly funded private or chartered schools.
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