Yesterday, this story, out of Meech Lake (oh, the irony of political failures there) has most provinces calling for Dodge to leave interest rates alone out of fear that increasing the dollar's value will hurt exports. And they're right. But on the flip side, touching the interest rate will slow-down the crazy spending Westerners (who coincidentally don't buy a whole lot from the East anymore) who are responsible for much of the RE run-up and other inflationary pressures.
H/T to Greg for this timely link where C.H. Smith really gets into the craziness that is government controlled economics. Scroll down a ways to see just how big the household debt has become in the US. Ah, yes, but we're not them. Or are we?
Between 1982 and 2001, per capita debt doubled, stemming from dramatic increases in both mortgage and consumer debt.Eastern Canada has truly become a diesel engine in the Canadian economy: slow and steady. The West is like an F1 car being driven by Lewis Hamilton: fast, loose and nothing to lose. Until we hit a wall. Inflation and affordability are macro economic factors that should not be ignored. 1981 taught us that. Does anyone remember?
Other studies show that increasing financial wealth, particularly home equity, stimulates household spending. So the recent run-up in real estate values in many areas of the country may have helped to loosen the purse strings of homeowners. (Ya think?)