During the conference that announced her appointment as minister for the status of women, Isabelle Charest was asked her opinion on the headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

She responded that the garb did not correspond to her values and it was not a way for a woman to prosper in society. She added that it signified a form of oppression toward women.

“The hijab is not something that women should wear,” she said. “It symbolizes a form of oppression toward women, the fact they have to cover themselves up. It is not in my values and I think women should be free to wear what they want.”