Flaherty news conference at 8:15 a.m. (1215 GMT)
* Canada economy strong but faces big risks
(Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will make an announcement on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. (1215 GMT), the Department of Finance said on Wednesday evening without providing any details.
Flaherty will hold a news conference in Ottawa at that time, according to the brief statement.
Officials at the Finance Ministry did not immediately reply to requests for additional information and officials at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office declined to comment.
Flaherty, who has been finance minister since 2006, faces a raft of domestic and international challenges to an economy that remained relatively healthy through the global financial crisis, including a strong housing market that some economists now fear is overheating.
He has just returned from Mexico where he accompanied Harper at a summit of the Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations, which focused on the European debt crisis.
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