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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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



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  • garnet ropert
  • kelly aleman
  • Brian Dofka
  • Amber Harrison
  • jan hoffart
  • Thomas Dunwoody
  • sivaprakash rajoo
  • James Finkbeiner
  • Kelly Dawson
  • Arielle Shuman
  • Richard G L Thain DDS
    Stop public funding of religious education!

    Dr Richard G L Thain
  • Charissa Hoppenbrouwers
  • milena raber
    I fully agree
  • Lynn Oberle
  • Jo Ashford
  • Marina Douglas
  • Lloyd Marshall
    Lloyd Marshall
  • Arthur Sproul
    Arthur Sproul
  • Duncan Vincent
    All religious influence on our society need to cease.
  • dave lewis
    dave lewis
  • Henry Beissel
    A separate publicly funded Catholic School system (1) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights by discriminating on the basis of religion, (2) creates deep divisions among our children by legitimizing religious discrimination, (3) is hugely and unnecessarily costly at the expense of the quality of education across the whole educational system, and (4) perpetuates bigoted views of the nature of the world that modern science has long assigned to the dustbin of historical fantasies. Of course, everyone is entitled to his/her biases, but let’s, at least officially, move into the 21st century and continue our quest for comprehension and compassion.
  • Ken Hyshka
    No to publicly funded religeous education.
  • Liam Eales
  • Diane Schmolka
    Diane Schmolka
  • Heather Ganshorn
  • Dustin Bajer
    No to publically funded religious education.
  • Dr Richard G L Thain
    I do not live in Alberta but I support your efforts to eliminate religious discrimination, especially government- sponsored religious discrimination. It is an international embarrassment, a financial disaster and a moral disgrace.
  • Eva Scrimshaw
    Eva Scrimshaw
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  • Ken Hooper