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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 2,112 signatures

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  • 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
    Sign the petition: Petition: It's time for a Referendum https://www.ouridea.ca/referendum?recruiter_id=329
  • Patricia Grell
    Patricia Ann Grell
  • Velda Wall
  • Kelcey Stilwell Lastiwka
  • Kristin Toms
  • Robin Harnett
    Robin Harnett
  • Jackie Currie
  • Peter Ratcliff
  • Matt Martel
  • Paul Pucylo
  • Leah Dotten
  • Sabine Bosemeyer
  • Trevor Bueckert
  • Joslyn Carlson
    No more Catholic privilege
  • 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 The Catholic school system is not abiding by the School Act, therefore it is time to revise this outdated system.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
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