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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,050 signatures

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  • Freeman Barry
  • Kelly Aleman
  • eli beth
  • Elizabeth Newton
  • Sarah Davis
  • Linda Fontaine
  • Vivian Bell
  • Ruth Crites
    The intergration of all students together is the only way to build respect, understanding and an equal cohesive society for all Albertans.
  • Karen Smith
  • Sonia Atwal
    Even my children in the Catholic School system agree with this.
  • Terry Berryere
  • Vivian Luoma
    The only way we can learn to get along is by learning together. Inclusive mentality could be the norm – we know there will be the odd clash between people; but the ego has to go!!! It has to start with adults letting down their biases and to get serious about putting together programs that focus on quality education. This world has changed century by century and we need to be progressive not regressive.
  • Tim Bryson
    If I can’t a job at a catholic school because I’m not a practicing catholic, these schools are effectively private. This system is a leftover from confederation. Time to grow up.
  • Carroll Christoffersen
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  • Lindsey Coyle
    Education must be inclusive and accessible by all. Serve the majority and fund public education properly.
  • Glenn Gouthro
    I want my tax dollars to support an inclusive public school system which embraces and supports diversity as opposed to creating an elite system of charter schools,
  • Salvador Fernandez
    I want public schools to receive all my support and tax dollars.
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