OTTAWA, Sept 19 Canadian Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty said on Thursday the country's central bank governor is
more bullish than he is, but that they both agree the
once-overheated housing market is in now in better shape.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz struck an upbeat note
in a speech on Wednesday, saying the country's economy is at a
"tipping point," heading toward stronger growth powered by
business investment and exports.
Asked in an interview with CTV television whether he shared
those views, Flaherty said: "I'm a little more cautious. I
think he's a bit more bullish than I am."
Flaherty quickly added that he and Poloz, the country's top
two financial policymakers, generally agreed on key issues such
as the housing market and the state of the economic recovery in
the United States, Canada's top export market.
"But I think he's right. The housing market is in relatively
good shape, and I think that's a good thing," Flaherty said.
"We do need businesses to invest more and they have a lot of
capital. The good news is the American economy looks like it has
a true recovery and that will be very good for Canada."
Flaherty said he was not surprised by the U.S. Federal
Reserve's decision not to reduce its bond-purchasing program.