Minister Bernard Drainville is accusing the Liberals and Quebec Solidare of "demagoguery" and spreading "falsehoods."
In a particularly salty opinion piece published in the Huffington Post, Drainville says his party's two main opponents are using every tool at their disposal to demonize his secularism charter.
He says his party has always carried out the debate with a great sense of respect. "Sadly, that's not the case for our adversaries, who don't hesitate to call us names, us and the majority of Quebecers who think the best way to protect all religions is for the state to have none."
"We must realize that it's Françoise David and Philippe Couillard's parties that encourage division, that point fingers, and show intolerance."
Demands apology from QS
The premier is also demanding an apology from Quebec Solidaire because one of its spokespeople, Andrés Fontecilla, said during a debate that similar policies in France were originally heralded by the extreme right-wing Front Nationale.
The host of the 98.5 FM radio station had asked Drainville and Fontecilla during a debate whether they say a link between legislation on religious symbols in France and racism in that country.
"I would simply like to remark that France is far from being an example of integration. The problems between communities have been exacerbated by these laws and I would like to point out to Mister Drainville that the theme of secularism had been appropriated from the French right, and even the extreme right, Mister Sarkozy and Ms. Marine La Pen," says Fontecilla.
The comment drew Drainville's rage. "If I understand you well, you are comparing the Parti Quebecois with the Front National and the extreme right. You should be ashamed and should apologize immediately," he said.
The PQ later sent out a press release calling on Quebec Solidaire to apologize for "insulting attacks" and "lies."
Last week, one of the Parti Quebecois' candidates withdrew from the race after admitting to sharing a photo that said "F___ islam." He is also alleged to have praised the Front National's Marine La Pen on Facebook.
Another candidate, said on Sunday that she apologized if anyone had been hurt by her remarks comparing circumcision to rape and speaking of a "kosher tax," which some believe to be an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
The candidate did not say she no longer believes in these ideas and she is still running for the party.