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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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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  • Alexa Dolsky
  • Tamara Pawluk
  • Brooklyn Boehme
  • Sheena Moore
    As someone who was educated in the Catholic school system, I can personally vouch for how destructive this institution is. A single school system is the best way to go for Alberta.
  • Khem Gurung
  • Kaitlyn Petry
  • Keighlagh Donovan
  • Bethany Toth
  • Jonathan Harline
  • Shawna Harline
  • Andrew McCann
  • Laura Hamilton
  • Cameron Mussetter
  • bruce jackson
    The time has come to end subsidization of children’s religious doctrinization. Teach critical thinking and analysis using arts, cultural, music diversity. Assist and encourage everyone to find their voice and inner authority to love their neighbor.
  • Mira Polasek
    Time to stop funding catholic schools!
  • Elizabeth Park
    Your struggle in Alberta is very similar to ours in Ontario. Thanks for the excellent points you made in your article.
  • Florence Ross
  • darryl humphrey
  • Tom Dougherty
  • Louise Broderick
  • Christina Metke
  • Shelley Mackay
    The catholic school system is archaic and redundant. It should be treated as any other private school, with NO public funding.
  • Melanie Anderson
  • Kathy Dawson
  • Carrie Waud
  • Nicholas Olchowsky
  • Robert Moyles
    Yes! Long past time to have just one public system.
  • Philip Wright-Lindl
  • Justin Joven
  • Jace Mattson