Cons. Leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister is threatening to take him to court over SNC scandal

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is threatening to sue him over the S-N-C Lavalin controversy, but Scheer is welcoming a lawsuit.

He says he received a letter on March 31st from Trudeau's lawyer threatening a libel suit.

Scheer calls that "an intimidation tactic.''

At a news conference in Ottawa today, Scheer challenged Trudeau to follow--through with this threats to take him to court.

"If Mr. Trudeau intends to pursue this course of legal action. If he believes he has a case against me. I urge him to do so immediately. This is an urgent matter of public interest and it deserves to be heard in a legal setting where Liberal do not control the proceedings."

The Tories have been hammering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin affair since the Globe and Mail first broke the story in early February.

Trudeau's former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, maintains she was inappropriately pressured by the Prime Minister's Office to intervene to stop criminal proceedings against Montreal-based engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

The director of public prosecutions decided last fall not to negotiate a deferred-prosecution agreement with the company, which is facing charges of bribery related to business in Libya.

Wilson-Raybould later resigned from cabinet, claiming she had been removed from her post in a January shuffle because she wouldn't bow to the pressure from Trudeau and others.

Last week, Trudeau expelled Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus for what he described as breaking the bonds of trust with their fellow MPs over the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has repeatedly accused Trudeau of a coverup, and demanded the Prime Minister resign.

He released a letter today, from his lawyer, sent to Trudeau. It was posted on his Twitter account: