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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,862 signatures

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  • We are not evolving as fast as we should be… religion is only holding us back
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  • Jeremy Judd
  • This is an issue in Saskatchewan people as well. I hope one day we truly have seperation of church and state.
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  • Speaking as someone who has been through both systems, I cannot emphasize enough how restrictive the Catholic school system is. Besides that fact, unless we start Buddhist school system, and a Muslim school system, the government should not have a preferred treatment of one faith over another. It already sets up a slippery slope of religious I tolerance towards religious minorities, and we are seeing the results even now.
  • Abolish the separate school system – tax dollars have no faith, so not a single tax dollar should go to a faith-based, separate school system, catholic or any other. Faith should be taught at home and at church.
  • Sooner the better, you don’t need a business degree to recognise duplication of services is inefficient.