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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,044 signatures

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  • Ed Perkins
  • Nikkela Young
  • Adriaan Brae
    One public school system with no special rights for any one religion. We already have charter schools, private schools and home schooling systems for parents who feel their children are not well served by the public system.
  • Chris Wilson
    Lets finally save some money in the right areas.
  • Jeremy Irla
  • Margaret Wardell
  • Amber Murray
  • Brendan Marlatt
  • Julia Smith
  • Cari Gulbrandsen
  • Amanda Burger
  • Tony Pargeter
  • Eve Thorne
    Children should be supported in values common to all faiths, learn about all major religions (and those represented in their classrooms) to teach understanding of other beliefs, and there should be time for prayer and meditation for all faiths to participate in. You don’t need clergy for this; just be inclusive and flexible.
  • Monica Piros
  • Ben Owens
  • Kristeen Brady
  • Natasha Yakimowich
  • Kerri Crozier
  • Emma Heinrichs
  • Catherine Vacheresse
  • Raymond Ryan
  • Ajay Khanolkar
    I fully support one school system not based on any religious or faith based system.
  • Catherine Pickering
  • Tyler Gratton
  • Thomas Lewis
  • Heather Killips
  • Tyler Stefaniuk
  • Timothy Mills
  • Janice Doucette
    It IS time for a referendum; let the people’s voices be counted.
  • Anthony Langlois