This weekend, the CAQ government and their Education Minister, Jean-François Roberge, were in some hot water after the latter tweeted a photo of himself with activist Malala Yousafzai.\nCritics were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the photo because recently, the province implemented a controversial secularism law that forbids teachers, police officers, and the like from wearing visible religious symbols. Malala Yousafzai is a famous activist for female education in the Middle East and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history.\nToday, Quebec Premier François Legault was asked about the photo and whether Malala, a reputed activist and academic, would be forced to remove her religious symbols if she wanted to teach in Quebec. He responded with an answer that's perhaps to be expected from a government leader who signed a secularism law.\nLegault was hard-pressed to answer the question from Radio-Canada's Sebastien Bovet this afternoon after assembly. You can see the full video below.\n"She can teach in Quebec if she accepts to remove a religious sign." @SebBovetSRC presses François Legault on the Malala Yousafzai photo controversy. Read the background: https://t.co/h6yzhvOOHx #qcpoli pic.twitter.com/EdWINusF4h— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) July 8, 2019\nLegault responded to the inquiry about Malala by repeating the mandate of his controversial new law. He says that people in authority must "show a clear separation of State and religion" if they want to teach in Quebec.\nBelle rencontre avec @Malala Yousafzai, récipiendaire du prix Nobel de la Paix, pour discuter d’accès à l’éducation et de développement international. @UNESCO pic.twitter.com/nuRe36039O— Jean-F. Roberge (@jfrobergeQc) July 5, 2019\nWhen questioned about whether Malala's incredible qualifications would play into forcing her to remove her religious symbols, Legault responded by saying that people wearing religious symbols can be "good people and have good values" but the law is clear and that it's what people want.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal's South Shore Under Boil Water Advisory After Dangerous E. Coli Bacteria Found In Water Supply\nAccording to reactions on social media, however, it seems that Legault might be a little off about the opinions of the people of Quebec. Early reactions show that people aren't so keen on the idea of Malala being forced to remove her headscarf if she chose to teach in Quebec.\nTell me what Quebec is doing to help the Muslim community in any way. When Muslim women said they were scared, Legault said, "I don't believe them". This is a really ugly situation and Quebecois like you are putting your head in the sand making Muslim women your scapegoats.— YAC (@yacius) July 7, 2019\nHow about she removes her scarf from her head if - and when - Legault removes his head from his ass.— Michael Stepchuk (@michaelstepchuk) July 8, 2019\nThis is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the squirrely rationales Legault and his gang of xenophobes spout in order to ensure that Quebec remains, above all, white and francophone... Alas, the photo op with Malala is just another nasty piece of political theater.— Susie Wileman (@SusieWileman) July 8, 2019\nSome people are even calling out Legault for being a racist and noticed that he referred to Quebec as a "country."\nRacist premiere. Can't say it any other way. This man is disgusting. I'm ashamed to have him as the leader of our province. To be honest, our PM Trudeau should have stepped in and blocked this ruling.— S. P. (@Wutthecrapman) July 8, 2019\nSo Quebec is not the only Country eh!? What bubble is he living in?— Ron Gliva (@GlivaRon) July 8, 2019\nI am amused with his reference to Quebec as a country while accepting billions of dollars from another country - Canada— Dani King (@DaniTrevdani) July 8, 2019\nThis on-going debate shows that this secularism law will continue to hound Legault and his CAQ government throughout the end of his term.\nWhether or not Malala would ever teach in Quebec, it seems that she would have the public's support.\nView this post on Instagram Journée historique! Le projet de loi sur la laïcité est enfin adopté. Dorénavant, les signes religieux pour les employés de l’État en position d’autorité seront interdits. Nous avons écouté les Québécois, et nous avons enfin tourné la page sur un débat qui perdurait depuis plus de 10 ans. Je veux saluer le travail acharné de @simonjolinbarrette_borduas dans ce dossier. Il a été rigoureux et il a toujours gardé un ton respectueux. Merci Simon! Ce soir, je suis encore plus fier d’être Québécois! A post shared by François Legault (@francoislegault.pm) on Jun 16, 2019 at 8:11pm PDT\nLegault's hardline on the new secularism law shows that he is committed to the continuing promotion of this law.