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Following the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise the overnight rate target to 1.5%, Governor Stephen S. Poloz, and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn A. Wilkins are now responding to questions from the press with key quotes, via Reuters, found below.

  • Felt appropriate to set aside risk of trade escalation, make policy on ‘basis of what has been announced’.
  • Happy to see that the housing market is stabilizing.
  • I’m not really seeing any misunderstandings with bank’s message to market, today’s adjustment was highly anticipated.

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The Bank of Canada monetary  policy statement  from July meeting.

The Bank expects the global economy to grow by about 3 ¾ per cent in 2018 and 3 ½ per cent in 2019, in line with the April Monetary Policy Report (MPR). The US economy is proving stronger than expected, reinforcing market expectations of higher policy  rates  and pushing up the US dollar.  

About Stephen Poloz (via bankofcanada.ca)

“Stephen S. Poloz was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 3 June 2013, for a term of seven years. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He currently chairs both the BIS Audit Committee and the Consultative Council for the Americas.”