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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,038 signatures

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  • Catherine Ratcliff
  • Frederick Michael Wright
    I fully support all of our education taxes going to ONE public system. No tax supported private schools, separate schools, or charter schools. Our society will benefit when all students are exposed to all social strata and all beliefs, not just those of their parents.
  • Jenna Backer
    This duplicity of services and the lack of fair financial contribution by the Catholic Church is an embarrassment in our province.
  • Patricia Grell
    Patricia Ann Grell
  • Velda Wall
  • Kelcey Stilwell Lastiwka
  • Kristin Toms
  • Robin Harnett
    Robin Harnett
  • Peter Ratcliff
  • Paul Pucylo
  • Sabine Bosemeyer
  • Trevor Bueckert
  • Scott Forbes
  • Laurie Mapp
  • Gordon Wolters
  • Christine Fedorek
  • Alicia Marangoni
  • Kat McLeod
    Enough taxpayer money has been wasted on separate school systems. The Catholic school system is not abiding by the School Act, therefore it is time to revise this outdated system.
  • Kevin Malinowski
  • Michael Frost
  • John Iocchelli
    John Iocchelli.
  • Muhammad Sumair
    Muhammad Sumair
  • Jeffrey Woodruff
  • Christina Chabot
  • Pamela Fischer
    We live 2 blocks away from a Catholic school and were told my son could not attend because we were not Catholic. They had a spot for him up until they realized we were not Catholic, then they were at capacity. So now our son will attend a school 2 km away.
  • Inez Brown
    I totally agree that there should be one publicly funded school system! A much better use of tax payers money.
  • Karen Haines
  • Karen Halliday Hoult
    All our students deserve quality education with equal access to resources.
  • Jeffrey Uhlich
  • Kim Armstrong