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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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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  • 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.
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    Sharon E. George
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  • 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
    Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum
  • Patricia Grell
    Patricia Ann Grell
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  • Kim Endell
    The Alberta Act, which is what lawyers from the Archdiocese and ECSD point to as justification for their existence, does NOT allow them Catholic Schools as they exist. It allows Catholic Schools with 30 minutes of OPTIONAL Catholic teaching at the end of the school day. Full stop. It does not include school chaplains; it does not allow religious discrimination in hiring; it does not allow Catholicism in any area of curriculum or in the physical school (eg. iconography is not allowed in the act;) it does not allow discrimination against students. Someone (Patricia Grell has tried) needs to call out the Catholic Church on its reliance on a Act to which it is not complying at all. I think that will be easier, legally, because it’s cut and dry that they are not complying with the Act, than trying to get rid of them (which, for the record, I fully support.) The Charter vs the Alberta Act could be a tough, lengthy battle that IS WORTH PURSUING, but for the safety and inclusion of children and staff NOW, I think forcing the Catholic School districts’s hands on compliance with the Alberta Act they cling to could get a lot of immediate issues dealt with and the longer battle for elimination of the districts can then take place when it’s apparent that a 2nd district in a community existing solely for 30 mins of optional Catholic teaching is a waste of money and if parents/guardians want those 30 mins so badly they can pay for private school or spend some time with their kids teaching them or go to church… up to them.

    As a citizen and a human, I resent tax dollars being used to support schools that are teaching and enforcing human rights abuses and discrimination.
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