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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 2,115 signatures

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  • 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!
  • Evan Laturnas
  • Wei Xiong
  • 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
  • Connor Nelson
  • Dave Woods
  • darryl humphrey
  • Tom Dougherty
  • Sean Armstrong
  • 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.
  • Tricia Lucas
  • Melanie Anderson
  • Kathy Dawson
  • Adam Bell
  • Carrie Waud
  • Eric Fraser
  • Davis King
  • Trudy Maygard
  • Nicholas Olchowsky
  • Robert Moyles
    Yes! Long past time to have just one public system.
  • Eric Nicholls
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  • Eric Nicholls
    Religions must be removed from schools. specially in a democratic country like Canada. Unfortunately, Religions take advantage of the fresh minds from young students, to make them believe that they must seek for “salvation.” Otherwise, they will suffer in hell for eternity. This is something actually enforced by many christian religions, and the tax payers like us are funding this.
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  • Heather Wright