OTTAWA May 21 The Canadian government is watching the housing and mortgage market carefully, but does not see a crisis, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Thursday.
"We're going to monitor the market, but we don't think we're confronting a crisis at this point," he told CTV News.
He noted that the government had intervened a number of times to cool the market.
Oliver also said the federal budget was well on track to achieve a surplus of C$6 billion ($5.5 billion) in the fiscal year that begins next April, on top of a contingency reserve.
($1=$1.09 Canadian) (Reporting by Randall Palmer. Editing by Andre Grenon)