In January 2004, officials from the Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada consulted with market participants on issues related to the government's domestic debt program. To allow for comments from a broader range of participants, the Debt Strategy 2004/05 Consultation Document had been made available in December 2003. Comments received were taken into consideration in the development of the debt strategy for 2004-05. Today, a Summary of Comments received during the consultations is being made public.

The Bank of Canada and the Department of Finance would like to thank market participants for the comments they provided during the consultation process.

For further information, please contact:
Nigel Stevens
Chief
Financial Markets Division
Department of Finance
613 943-1944
Marc Pellerin
Principal
Domestic Debt Management
Bank of Canada
613 782-8429