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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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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  • Elaine Roberts
  • Richard Radwinski
  • Terry Anderson
    Terry Anderson
  • Bradley Peter
  • 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
  • LeAn Sorensen
  • Sharon George
    Sharon E. George
  • Gillian Schaefer Percy
  • 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
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  • Scott Forbes
  • Laurie Mapp
  • Gordon Wolters
  • Christine Fedorek
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  • 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