Philippe Couillard came to the defence Friday of a Liberal candidate who said police officers could be allowed to wear a hijab on the job.

During an interview with 104.7 FM, former Hull MNA Maryse Gaudreault said a Liberal government would adopt a charter to ensure the neutrality of the state and offer guidelines for religious accommodations. Pushed on the question of whether a Muslim police woman could wear the hijab head covering, Gaudreault said "she could."

Coalition Avenir Québec leader Francois Legault immediately took to Twitter, calling Gaudreault's statement "unacceptable." The Parti Québécois soon piled on, sending an article about the interview to various media outlets.

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