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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,878 signatures

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  • It’s time.
  • Pamela Taylor-Bailey
  • Sabine Bosemeyer
  • It’s a lot more efficient, and more fair to minority religions. I didn’t know public school taxes were subsidising Catholic schools!
  • Charter schools.. not catholic
  • Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum
  • Ethically obligatory. Will need limits on how much accommodation of religious education is permitted.
  • Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum
  • I do not live in Alberta but I support your efforts to eliminate religious discrimination, especially government- sponsored religious discrimination. It is an international embarrassment, a financial disaster and a moral disgrace.
  • The time has come!
  • Ryan