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National Bank steps up to help the victims of the tsunami

Montreal, 31 December 2004 -

Montreal, December 31, 2004 – National Bank today announced that it is donating $40,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the organization's relief efforts in Asia in the aftermath of the earthquake and tidal waves.  In addition, the Bank's branches will be accepting donations from the public on behalf of the Red Cross.

All those who want to make a donation can do so at any National Bank branch between now and January 28, 2005.  The donations will then be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross which will use them to provide immediate assistance and basic necessities to the tens of thousands of people affected by this disaster.

About the National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. The National Bank has assets close to $89 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 16,500 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at www.nbc.ca.

Information : (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.)

Johanne Bissonnette
Public Relations Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-6500