/R E P E A T/ - Attention: Date change for the luncheon speech by Jean Charest - Jean Charest and Mario Dumont will speak at the invitation of the Montreal Economic Institute

    MONTREAL, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - In this electoral season, the Montreal
Economic Institute (MEI) welcomes the premier and leader of the Quebec Liberal
Party, Jean Charest, as well as the leader of the Action démocratique du
Québec, Mario Dumont, on the occasion of two luncheon speeches. At the request
of the Quebec Liberal Party, the speech by Jean Charest has been moved from
March 13 to March 15, since the televised leaders' debate is scheduled on
March 13 in Quebec City.

    Lucheon speech by Jean Charest

    Thursday, March 15, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal (Salon des Saisons),
    ------------------  1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal,
                        from 11:45am to 2:00pm.

    Luncheon speech by Mario Dumont

    Monday, March 19, Hotel Sofitel Montreal (Picasso Ballroom),
    ----------------  1155 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal,
                      from 11:45am to 2:00pm.

    Media representatives

    For both events, the luncheon will take place at noon and the speech will
begin at 1:00pm. A table has been reserved for the media. For any information,
contact the undersigned.


    We are grateful to the sponsors of these events: Hay Group, KPMG, RBC
Capital Markets and business newspaper Les Affaires.

    Reservation mandatory

    Contact our Director of Public Affairs, Jasmin Guénette, at 514 273-0969
or at jguenette@iedm.org.

    The MEI has also invited the leader of the Parti québécois, André
Boisclair, to give a speech.

    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools. In 2004, it won a
Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence for the quality of its
management and public relations.

For further information:

For further information: André Valiquette, Director of Communications,
Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 (office), (514) 574-0969 (mobile
phone), avaliquette@iedm.org

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