/R E P E A T -- Media invitation - Lock-Up - Tabling of the 2008-2009 Budget/

    QUEBEC, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Finance, Minister for
Government Services, Minister responsible for Government Administration and
Chair of the Conseil du trésor, Monique Jérôme-Forget, will deliver the
2008-2009 Budget Speech in the National Assembly Thursday, March 13, at
4 p.m., and will table the 2008-2009 Expenditure Budget the same day.
    Journalists are invited to participate in a closed-door meeting to
familiarize themselves with the documents relating to this event. Experts from
the ministère des Finances and the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor will be on
hand to answer their questions.

    Where:          Centre des congrès de Québec
                    Salle 2000-C and D

    Entry:          900, avenue Honoré-Mercier

    Date:           March 13, 2008

    Time:           8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    To attend the media lock-up and press conference, journalists must
register using the form available on the ministère des Finances website at:
    They must send the form no later than Tuesday, March 11 at 4 p.m.

    The following information must be provided:

    - the name of the media outlet;
    - the name and profession of each person (journalist, technician or
      consultant) who will participate in the media lock-up;
    - the name of a contact-person for the media outlet, his telephone
      number, fax number and email address.

    Journalists must themselves register the consultants who will accompany
them, giving their name and that of the firm or organization they represent.
The registration fees for each journalist and each member of the personnel of
media outlets are $20 per person and $50 for each consultant. You can pay
on-site, in cash or by cheque. Cheques must be made payable to the Minister of

    Installation of equipment

    For questions relating to the preparation of the room, please contact
Serge Matte at 418 528-9313. With regard to telephone lines, ISDN lines or
cable, you must contact the person responsible, Annie Lacourse, of the Centre
des congrès de Québec, telephone: 418 649-7711, ext. 4069, fax: 418 649-5221,
email: alacourse@convention.qc.ca, no later than 4 p.m., March 11. The order
form is available at:

    Requests to install the above-mentioned services received after 4 p.m.
will be subject to additional charges. Equipment can be installed, using the
access point at 875, rue Saint-Joachim, between 12 noon and 9 p.m., March 12
and, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. March 13. However, the ministère des Finances
does not provide security. Note that equipment capable of using a wireless
network must be deactivated. Mobile telephones, Pocket PC, Blackberry,
bi-directional pagers, Palm and TREO devices, wireless routers and any device
that can be used to communicate with the outside are prohibited during the
lock-up. Note also that wireless computer peripherals (mice, keyboards,
printers, etc.) will not operate.
    On March 13, a team from the Sûreté du Québec will carry out the standard
inspections prior to the lock-up. A meal will be served on-site.

    Consultation of the electronic version of the budget documents

    Like last year, a USB key or CD-ROM containing the electronic version of
the documents will be distributed. The minimum configuration required to use
them is:

    Operating system Windows 2000 SP4 - SP2 and XP or later.
    Operating system Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later.

    Users with incompatible operating systems must use the Adobe Reader
software installed on their computer. The files are compatible with Adobe
Reader versions 6 or later.

For further information:

For further information: Jacques Delorme, Media Relations Officer,
Direction des communications, Ministère des Finances, (418) 528-7382

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