Vancouver activist Mike Magee, who organized an online petition at www.recalldavidemerson.com, said the ad hoc group now has two lawyers working on preparing a civil case.
Magee said Friday that many people in the riding who voted for Emerson because he was opposed to the Conservatives have put their names forward for a court challenge of the defection.
Lawyers will be present at today's meeting to explain what is involved in being part of any potential court challenge, he said.
"They feel there is enough evidence nationally to launch something. We are just working on the formalities of lining up plaintiffs," Magee said.
A court challenge looks a virtual certainty at this point. How can Emerson survive a legal case, as well as a ethics inquiry? I had the sense the national media was tiring of the Emerson story, but these latest developments have re-energized the entire debate. Unless Emerson resigns, this matter will distract the government for a long time and further taint the "ethical" Prime Minister.
The ethics inquiry is bound to offer some new information that is potentially damaging. A legal case presents an entirely different set of talking points, not to mention emboldening the disenfranchised of Vancouver-Kingsway. Harper's flippant statement, that he was well aware of the consequences when he recruited Emerson, looks more delusional with each day. This issue is here to stay.