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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,049 signatures

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  • 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
  • Marion Keeping
    In these trying times of needing a balanced budget, our government needs to show fiscal responsibility. One truly inclusive public system is the responsible thing to do. It’s time to have a conversation about how to accomplish that.
  • Jack Bell
    Its time for a change!
  • David Hunt
    David R Hunt
  • Christopher Field
    Christopher Field
  • Lisa Young
  • Eric Behr
    It’s time.
  • John Monroe
  • Harriet Huestis
  • Judy Prestwich
  • Hj Hornbeck
    It’s a lot more efficient, and more fair to minority religions. I didn’t know public school taxes were subsidising Catholic schools!
  • Tyler Janzen
  • Francis Williams
    Charter schools.. not catholic
  • Dennis MacNeil
  • Dennis MacNeil
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