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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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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  • Stephanie Krysa
  • Solange Maher
  • Liam Hicks
  • Brenden Parkyn
    I’m a Mormon and even I believe faith and education should be separate. We have every Sunday to teach our children about faith. Let them learn life and job skills during the week!
  • Sunil Sookram
  • Tim Parker
  • Brenda Forbes
  • Maren Conrad
  • Esmé Comfort
    Time to do this.
  • Tana Koszegi
  • Spencer Newson
  • Christopher Scodellaro
    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.
  • Alan Johnson
  • Alissa Carson-Guillery
  • Lucie Titley
  • David Smith
  • Kenn Bur
    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.
  • Al Sibilo
  • Kristine Harradence
  • Carmen Puchyr
  • Daniel Nielsen
  • Laura Henning
  • Jody Small
    A great idea to stop subsidizing the religious education of one particular doctrine, however I don’t know why religion of any stripe needs to be ‘accommodated’ in a public school system. What is intended by this proposal to accommodate? Would, for instance, Satanism be accommodated? Paganism? Worship of Zeus and his cadre of mythical gods? The argument is absurd precisely because deity worship of any variety is absurd, and so while I support the termination of the Catholic school system I also must ask how all beliefs would be handled in this proposal.
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