The skid of Pierre Poilievre

The slippage of Pierre Poilievre

DAY

Inflation is the problem of the hour. It erodes purchasing power, it particularly hurts retirees, it forces central banks to make sudden moves on interest rates. Out of control inflation is a real poison for the economy and could lead us straight to a recession next year.

Before Pierre Poilievre was a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party, then Conservative finance critic, I interviewed him to talk about inflation.  

He pointed out with aplomb the responsibility of the governments that recklessly pumped money into the economy during the pandemic. As far as I'm concerned, crazy government spending doesn't explain all of the inflation, but it has contributed to it.  

MP Poilievre also touched the public with a precise analysis of the consequences of inflation on the portfolio of families in addition to advancing some possible solutions. In short, I would have thought that the theme of inflation would be a very strong point for him in a leadership campaign. 

However, he slipped. His basic speech always has a foundation. But for obscure reasons, it got entangled in absurd additions.  

Bitcoins

First, he developed this idea that investing in bitcoins would be an ingenious way to protect against inflation. A priori, this YouTube video in discussion with a restaurateur investing in bitcoins could have been only a nice curiosity. But the aspiring leader is having his arm caught in the wringer.

He wears his bitcoin sweater as if he were a cryptocurrency peddler rather than an aspiring prime minister. Then he slips up using his credibility to make a suggestion that could ruin a family's life.

It was nonsensical advice. Calculation done, a person who would have been seduced by the advice of Poilievre and who would have transferred his bank account to bitcoins at the end of March would have lost today a third of his purchasing power. In addition to inflation. Thanks Peter.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against cryptocurrencies: but they are volatile in the same way as many risky stocks on the stock market. It goes up and down like a rollercoaster. If anyone is willing to take the risk with money that isn't needed for next week's groceries, go for it.  

But a political leader who suggests transferring one's assets there in order to protect oneself from inflation, this is highly reprehensible.  

The Governor of the Bank

< p>In debate this week, Poilievre slipped up again. He has promised to fire the Governor of the Bank of Canada if elected. If there is one function that everyone wanted to keep away from politics, it is this one. Especially for the country's monetary stability.

To say that Justin Trudeau has spent too much is one thing. To politicize the Bank of Canada for its supposed complicity in financing said expenditures is not serious. One day, he will be looking for a way to extricate himself from such a promise.

The skid by Pierre Poilievre

Share Button