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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 2,110 signatures

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  • Teresa Roper
  • David Cross
  • Perry Keats
  • Chrissy Armbruster
    Chrissy Armbruster
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    Eunice Bentley
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  • Jerry Poworoznik
    Time for one public school system free from religion.
  • Dana Sharp-McLean
    Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum https://www.ouridea.ca/referendum?recruiter_id=3631
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  • James Bergland
    The time has come!
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  • Ed. Fergusson
    E. Fergusson – It is WAY past time to go to one system, the savings will be huge. If religions want to have their own schools, let THEM provide the funds.
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  • Natalie Blair
    YES a referendum needs to be held – The Catholic Boards priorities are clearly NOT students or teachers. We have two educational systems that do not apply the Alberta Governments criteria the same. The fundamental inclusive, and multicultural, foundation of our Nation is not reflected in Albertas archaic education system.
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  • Peter Wilson
    Religious belief should be tolerated, not pandered to with tax dollars for “separate” schools and property tax exemptions for religious properties.

    Religion poisons everything!
  • Shane Garyk
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