PRESS DIGEST-Canada-March 14

Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:01am EDT
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March 14 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Justin Trudeau has already been anointed the next leader of the Liberal Party by one of his main rivals in the race, all the while winning a crucial extension in his efforts to allow supporters to register for next month's vote.

* Police have searched the Montreal home of a former executive who ran SNC Lavalin Group Inc's international construction division, extending a probe of foreign bribery allegations to include an earlier era of the firm's leadership.

* The Parti Québécois government is poised to launch an offensive against Ottawa as part of a "sovereignist governance" strategy adopted by cabinet. Alexandre Cloutier, Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, said the attack will be on the federal government's reforms of employment insurance, which the PQ contends are especially harmful to seasonal workers in Quebec.