CAQ minister getting roasted online after meeting with Malala Yousafzai


A tweet from Quebec's Education Minister Jean-François Roberge is getting a lot of attention on Friday.

Roberge had just met with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and early Friday morning, posted a photo he posed for with her. He described his meeting with Yousafzai as being a "nice meeting" to discuss "access to education and international development".

But many in the Twitterverse were quick to point out that his government just banned religious symbols for teachers with Bill 21, and that the headscarf-wearing, world-renowned activist wouldn't be able to teach in Quebec under the law's terms.

"@Malala, did you ask him about becoming a teacher in Quebec?" wrote one Twitter user, with many others striking a similar tone, in both French and English. "His government banned women like you from teaching, becoming police officers and magistrates."

"Even with her Nobel and her international fame, she wouldn't be good enough the way she is to teach in your schools," wrote another. "She would have to become something she's not just to be accepted by you."

Many others used the word "hypocrisy" in both languages.

Later in the day, Roberge responded directly to a Twitter user who asked what would happen if Yousafzai wanted to teach in Quebec.

Roberge said he'd tell her he'd be honored, and that in Quebec, like in France and other open, tolerant countries, teachers can't wear religious symbols while exercising their duties.