Cabinet minister in the Canadian province of Quebec called Muslim hijab a “lack of liberty” for women.
Status of Women Minister Isabelle Charest shocked some when she declared Tuesday that the hajib “is not something that women should be wearing,” calling it a symbol of oppression.
“When they are dictated by a religion on what they have to wear, for me, it’s a lack of liberty, and it doesn’t meet my values,” Charest told reporters.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) party that governs the largely French-speaking province came to power last year on a platform that appealed to many voters at odds with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appeal to “diversity.”
The government is promising to introduce legislation shortly that will ban religious clothing or accessories in the government workplace.
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