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At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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