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PM threatens Scheer with libel suit

OTTAWA—Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him over his assertion that the prime minister politically interfered with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavlin.

The Conservative leader revealed yesterday that he received a letter on March 31 from Trudeau's lawyer, Julian Porter, threatening a libel suit.

No regrets, Wilson-Raybould, Philpott say

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a first-hand glimpse of the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair when he addressed young women staging a mock Parliament in the House of Commons yesterday: about four dozen of them turned their backs on him while he tried to explain why he had booted Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott out of the Liberal caucus the day before.

Opposition accuse Liberals of coverup

OTTAWA—Liberals faced accusations of a coverup yesterday after they agreed to hold limited committee hearings into an allegation that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured improperly to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Their short list of three proposed witnesses does not include Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet Tuesday.