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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 2,089 signatures

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  • Lloyd Marshall
    Lloyd Marshall
  • Arthur Sproul
    Arthur Sproul
  • Duncan Vincent
    All religious influence on our society need to cease.
  • Geneviève Thain
  • 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
  • Julie Breeze
    The government should not be funding religious education. One school system for all!
  • Nancy Mulvihill
  • Rosalind Moller
  • Diane Schmolka
    Diane Schmolka
  • Jack Adams
  • 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
  • Robert Chamberlain
  • Ralph A Saunders
  • Ken Hooper
  • Norm Houchin
  • Elaine Roberts
  • Richard Radwinski
  • Terry Anderson
    Terry Anderson
  • Bradley Peter
  • Cory Edel
    Cory J Edel
  • Chris Enright
  • sue harnett
    When I moved to Calgary with 3 small boys of school age in 1979, I was very disappointed that there was a separate school system. I worked, but failed to have a joint creative playground when the schools were built in Ranchlands. Having come from Northern Ireland, I was very aware of the divisive results of separate schools and am disappointed that they still exist.
  • Scott Boerefyn
  • Alycia Stewart