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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,038 signatures

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  • 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
  • Mary Paston
  • James Hill
  • Kathryn Walton
  • Molly Gagnon
  • Bonnie Roll
  • 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.
  • Katty Oishi
  • Elya Cart
  • Dorte Koster
  • Dorinne Farrington
  • Barbara Koistinen
  • Katelyn Clarke
  • Patrycja Twardecka
  • Andrew Manderson
  • Helene Lemieux
  • Annick Poirier
  • Heather Coleman
  • Kelly Dawson
  • Benjamin Thompson
    I support a single fully funded inclusive public school system that accommodates diversity and recognizes the needs of everybody. I don’t recognize the need for a secondary fully funded school system for one specific group and I don’t believe a parent’s choice is more important than a child’s future.
  • Janet Nass
    Let me know if there is some other way I can assist you with making this referendum a reality. The Catholic Church has no place in education in order to create a just society. I have limited financial means but will to help out otherwise.
  • Sharron G Oakey
  • Michael Stelck
  • Joslyn Carlson
    keep my public tax money in my public schools,no more public funds to private,charter,religious schools,i want children properly educated not indoctrinated
  • cxliff branden
  • James Bergland
    The time has come!