Quebec status of women minister calls Muslim head scarf a symbol of oppression

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Quebec’s new minister responsible for the status of women faced criticism Wednesday after saying she considers the hijab to be a symbol of oppression.READ MORE: Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear appeal from Quebec judge over hijab disciplinary probeSpeaking to reporters after being named to the portfolio Tuesday, Isabelle Charest said the Muslim head scarf does not correspond to her values and she believes it is “not something women should be wearing.”“It does have, at some point, some significance about oppression of women, and the fact that they have to cover themselves, and for me it’s not in my values,” Charest said.When asked to clarify, she said she objects to the hijab because it represents a requirement for women to cover themselves.WATCH BELOW: Judge erred in ordering woman remove hijab: Quebec highest court

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