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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,049 signatures

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  • 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!
  • Phil Renaud
  • Justin Snider
    Public dollars should no longer be funding one particular religion’s education system.
  • Brian Dupuis
  • Barbara Hoff-Morin
    Barbara Hoff-Morin
  • Kim Endell
    Kim Endell
  • Dinsmore Roach
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    James Toupin
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  • Lisa Reid
  • Eunice Bentley
    Eunice Bentley
  • Les McFadyen
  • Jerry Poworoznik
    Time for one public school system free from religion.
  • Dana Sharp-McLean
    Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum
  • Dana Sharp-McLean