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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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 Terpstra
    Having a publicly funded school system for Roman Catholics is blatant religious discrimination against other faiths.
  • James Toupin
  • Liz Kohle
  • Glen Gordash
  • Michael Rezko
  • Liz Acheson
  • Gary Geick
  • Sheldon Helbert
  • Bree Simpson
  • Carole Hudson
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  • Donna Zubko
    Donna Zubko
  • Lynn Wade
    Lynn Wade
  • Jeff Price
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  • Patrice Weiss
    I Stand by this for all of us to be equal
  • Chelsea Brooks
    When I began my Bachelor of Education in Alberta, I was unaware that I was not qualified for many teaching jobs, particularly in my hometown of Edmonton, because I am not Catholic. As a recent BEd graduate, the competition for jobs in the Edmonton Public School Board forced me to consider avenues other than classroom teaching. The amount of colleagues of mine that “pretended” to be Catholic in order to teach in that school district is astounding. Look at the student population in schools around the province and recognize that they are there for particular programs only offered at the Catholic schools, not because they want a Catholic-faith based education. It’s time to modernize.
  • Murray Keck
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