Canada

Orchard to sue MacKay to stop Alliance merger

David Orchard launching legal action against Peter MacKay Friday to stop the party from merging with the Canadian Alliance.

Former leadership contender David Orchard and other Conservatives are launching legal action against Tory leader Peter MacKay Friday to stop the party from merging with the Canadian Alliance.

Although details about the litigation have not yet been released, former Tory cabinet minister Sinclair Stevens told the Globe and Mail that the lawsuit could focus on MacKay's broken promise to Orchard not to join the Alliance.

Stevens told the Globe that Orchard may intend to prove that MacKay violated a signed contract.

At the leadership convention in May, MacKay won Orchard's support by agreeing not to seek a merger with the Alliance.

Orchard spokesperson Rose-Marie Larsson said the lawsuit, to be launched in Toronto, will name MacKay personally.

Orchard adviser Marjaleena Repo has said she has a legal opinion that claims the merger violates the party's constitution.

The legal report says "to amend the constitution" a "national convention" is necessary "no mail-in or online balloting" and "no regional meetings." MacKay has denied he has broken the constitution and that all legal requirements have been met.