September 16, 2014 / 6:50 PM / in 3 years

BRIEF-Bank of Canada's Poloz speaks in Drummondville, Quebec

Sept 16 (Reuters) -

* Poloz repeats Bank of Canada is neutral on interest rates

* Poloz: asked about dropping neutral bias, says will give all the new data full consideration at next monetary policy report

* Poloz: what happens next on the economy is still a big question mark for us

* Poloz: Still a strong case for waiting and seeing

* Bank of Canada’s Poloz: housing sector’s bounceback from winter was a little more rigorous than we expected to see

* Poloz: base case remains that pieces are in place for gradual reduction in household imbalances

* Poloz: could take a year for jobs to return after pickup of exports

* Poloz says believes there is some slack in job market not measured by jobless rate, but it is hard to measure

* Poloz estimates about 200,000 youth have withdrawn from workforce, maybe another 100,000 in prime age category are discouraged

* Poloz points out that Canadian rates are already higher than U.S. rates

* Poloz news conference ends Source text for Eikon: Further Bank of Canada coverage: (Reporting by Allison Lampert in Drummondville, Quebec, Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

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