The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec acquires common shares of Mecachrome International Inc.

    MONTREAL, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec ("Caisse") announces that it has acquired, on the Toronto Stock
Exchange, 1,000,000 common shares ("shares") (or 6.15% of such shares
outstanding) of Mecachrome International Inc. ("Mecachrome") at a price of
CA$2.00 per share.
    Following this transaction, the number of common shares of Mecachrome
held by Caisse is 2,584,500 or 15.89% of such shares outstanding.
    This transaction was made for investment purposes and the Caisse could
increase or decrease its investments in Mecachrome, depending on market
conditions or any other relevant factor.

For further information:

For further information: France Bouffard, Public Affairs, Caisse de
dépôt et placement du Québec, (514) 847-5493

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