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In the opening statement before the Senate National Finance Committee, the Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says “if further monetary stimulus is required to meet our inflation targets, the bank has tools available to deliver that stimulus.”

Poloz, speaking to the Senate’s finance committee, also reiterated the central bank was prepared to increase the size of special programs it has introduced to support the smooth functioning of financial markets.

Key comments 

Says there is considerable uncertainty about the future course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Reiterates that bank is prepared to augment the scale of any of its programs if needed to support market functioning.
Reduction in bank’s policy rate is entirely consistent with the inflation-targeting agreement under which we operate.
Lowering our policy rate to the effective lower bound is the best contribution we can make at this time to complement the government’s fiscal efforts.

USD/CAD update

On the whole, the CAD seems to be in a less precarious position now that oil is stabilising. However, there are plenty of risks out there which could take down the black gold once again. 

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