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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 2,115 signatures

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  • Janalee Morris
  • Jeffrey Woodruff
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  • Patrick Sperling
    Patrick Sperling
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  • 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.
  • Anonymous Anonymous
  • Karen Haines
  • Karen Halliday Hoult
    All our students deserve quality education with equal access to resources.
  • Jeffrey Uhlich
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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.
  • Liane Gayler
  • Jack Bell
    Its time for a change!
  • David Hunt
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    Christopher Field
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  • Stephen McMaster
    Our education system needs only one system. Catholic Schools can operate under the same division as public schools. Some public divisions operate other religious schools, such as Jewish and Christian. Catholic schools do NOT need their own division. Alberta can save lots of money or put towards the classroom in merging the two publically funded systems. It is a waste of money.
  • Eric Behr
    It’s time.
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