Protesters call MacKay 'traitor'

PC leader faces protesters as he holds weekend meeting to talk about unite the right merger plan

A small but vocal group of protesters showed up at the door of the Progressive Conservative party's management committee meeting in Ottawa Saturday.

Those for and opposed to a merger with the Canadian Alliance tried to out-yell each other.

One side chanted "unite, unite," while the other answered with "no mandate."

One protester carried a sign that read, "PC party not for sale." Others called on Conservative leader Peter MacKay to resign. One placard called him a traitor for holding talks that led to an agreement in principle to merge the two parties.

MacKay smiled and appeared unshaken as he made his way past the procession of protesters.

The Tory committee is attempting to come up with a ratification process for the planned merger.

Three members of the committee have commissioned a legal opinion, which says some of the processes being proposed and maybe even the merger itself could be in violation of the party's own constitution.

The legal opinion warned that committee members who approve the implementation proposal could be sued by party members.

The Progressive Conservative Party has responded by saying it has commissioned its own legal opinion that says it's on the right track.

Members of both parties have until Dec. 12 to ratify the merger plan. Two-thirds of Tory members must approve the deal. If that happens, a new leader will be selected March 21.