Poilievre blames Justinflation for Bank of Canada rate hike

Pierre Poilievre placed the blame directly at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his Liberal government's inflation-driving policies.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 0.75 percent to 3.25 percent, bringing them to a 14-year high.

Following the announcement, Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre blamed the rate hike on "Justinflation," and promised to do better if elected leader.

"Today, persistent JustinFlation caused the Bank of Canada to hike the interest rate by 0.75%," Poilievre said in a statement, warning that the rise "will make debt and mortgage payments even more expensive for Canadians as many of them are just hanging on by a thread."

He placed the blame directly at the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his Liberal government's policies that have contributed to rising inflation.

"Trudeau’s inflationary deficits - with the Bank of Canada acting as his ATM - sent a half-trillion dollars out to bid up the costs of goods," Poilievre added, "and his taxes made it even worse, driving up costs for businesses to produce goods and Canadians to buy them."

Poilievre decried the fact that Canadians are resorting to borrowing more in order to eat, put gas their cars, and pay off their mortgages."

"Consumer debt was up to $2.32 trillion in Q2 of this year," he pointed out, making it 8.2 percent higher than this time last year. Poilievre also noted that as a result of Justinflation, some students have had to take multiple jobs and even rely on food banks to get by.

"I have a 'common cents' plan to fight JustinFlation," Poilievre concluded, explaining that as prime minister, he would "axe the carbon tax," "end the money-printing deficits," and "restore the Bank of Canada’s independence with a Governor who will fight inflation."

As Reuters reports, Tuesday's rate hike is likely to be the first of many upcoming as the bank battles "raging inflation."


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