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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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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  • 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
  • Dan McLean
  • Peter Jones
  • chris biccum
  • Ryan Currie
  • James Zureski
  • Terry Frere
  • Cohlene Soper
  • Tyler Schneider
    Cole Schneider
  • Geoff Armstrong
  • Shaun Cariou
  • Jill Tucker
    Thank you for this.
  • Kim Thorsen
  • doug allen
  • Carl Ulrich
    Looking forward to the panel on the 27th!
  • Michael Masney
    Mike Masney
  • Lucas Stewart