Standard & Poor's Announces Results of the Annual Rebalancing of the S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index



    TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Standard & Poor's will perform the annual
rebalancing of the S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index after the close
of trading on Friday, December 21, 2007. The S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend
Aristocrats Index is designed to measure the performance of securities that
have followed a managed-dividends policy of consistently increasing dividends
every year for the last 7 years. The index is weighted by indicated annual
dividend yield, with constituents re-weighted every quarter. Membership is
reviewed each December.

    
    Following is a summary of the additions and deletions:

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    EFFECTIVE AFTER THE CLOSE OF DECEMBER 21, 2007
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    COMPANY NAME                             TICKER                   ACTION
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    AltaGas Income Trust                     ALA.UN                     ADD
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    Canadian Natural Resources Limited         CNQ                      ADD
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    Canadian Western Bank                      CWB                      ADD
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    SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.                     SNC                      ADD
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    Bonterra Energy Income Trust             BNE.UN                   DELETE
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    Loblaw Companies Ltd.                       L                     DELETE
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