Carlos Leitão of the Liberals opened a can of worms when he said that the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) that is, a set ahead of the Liberals in the elections is involved in ethnic nationalism. He said that he is not afraid of the words that are coming out of his mouth. He feels that this party believes that majority of the French are under attack my all the foreigners.
This did not go well with the CAQ. It has not impressed the other two opposition parties Québec Solidaire and the Parti Québécois (PQ) as well. The end result of all this was that all these three parties moved a motion declaring that none of the parties in the national assembly should talk about ethnic nationalism.
The Liberals were and no mood to let this motion come to the vote. Nevertheless, there was a debate on ethnic Nationalism in the national assembly. Both the CAQ and PQ demanded an apology from Leitao. He did not budge.
Leitao wants to link the CAQ to the bad side of nationalism and this is why he describes them as an ethno-nationalist party. This is not the first time that liberals have used this tactic.