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 At the beginning of the 21st century, this duplication is obsolete, unnecessary, expensive, and contrary to what we understand about personal and religious freedom, and the religious neutrality of the provincial government.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: 1,862 signatures

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  • Ethically obligatory. Will need limits on how much accommodation of religious education is permitted.
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  • I do not live in Alberta but I support your efforts to eliminate religious discrimination, especially government- sponsored religious discrimination. It is an international embarrassment, a financial disaster and a moral disgrace.
  • The time has come!
  • Ryan
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  • Barbara Hoff-Morin -I think this is a very important issue that has to be resolved. Religion is for the church. One of the biggest arguments I hear from parents of children in the Catholic school system and from teachers I know is the belief the Catholic system of prayer and mandatory religious classes is the bases of what is important about the Catholic School System. These people tell me these children are different from children schooled in the public system. Really? I call this creating difference and supporting prejudgement in others. The Catholic School Board of Alberta takes public taxpayer money and make decisions about Education and apply rules according to the Catholic Church. I do not want my Tax Dollars to support, a Catholic or any other Religion based education. I think prayer and religious studies should be concentrated in church or in a privately funded School System dedicated to upholding the values of religion.
  • Cole Schneider
  • The separate school board does not adhere to the School Act; it does not limit religious education to a half hour at the end of the day. Now the church is trying to change sex ed! It is time we stopped wasting millions of dollars on duplication. One public school board is enough.
  • Thank you for this.
  • My name is Chris Austman and I support the end of catholic schools.