Wednesday. The Bank of Canada may begin raising interest rates today. The rolling ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest has started dominating the news cycle. City council meets today for the first time in 2022.
8:23 – “I’m here serving as finance critic, Erin O’Toole is the legitimate leader. He was elected and based on all the rules we have he has the right to continue to do his job, so I have shown my loyalty to him and collaborated with him.”
Rob sits down with Carleton MP and Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre for a wide ranging interview, touching on the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement, the ‘Freedom Rally’ trucker protest rolling towards Ottawa, and whether or not he is interested in running for leadership of the Conservative Party the next time that position is contested.
23:08 – “I don’t think this is representative of the majority of people, even truckers themselves. Remember, 90% of truckers are vaccinated.”
It’s time to score your ‘Political Fix!’ featuring Bluesky Strategy Group consultant Cam Holmstrom and Strategy Corp Vice President Garry Kellar. The panel digs into the ‘Freedom Convoy’ rolling protest which has picked up support from some of the most extreme far-right factions in Canada and Erin O’Toole’s woes as leader of the Conservative Party.
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0:00 – “I did meet a group of ladies making sandwiches for the truckers, they’re not interested in the mandate that’s not their concern, their concern is the carbon tax.”
It’s time for Valley View with Bruce McIntyre from the Eganville Leader. Bruce takes us up the line to review all the news grabbing headlines in the Ottawa Valley.
14:12 – “It is going to go up, and I believe that March second is the date the prime rate will increase by a quarter of a percent.”
Rob speaks with local mortgage broker Frank Napolitano after the surprise news that the Bank of Canada has chosen not to raise it’s key interest rate this month, which some economists had predicted.
21:26 – “They’re trying to have it both ways: They’re trying to say that yes They’re cognizant that inflation is here and it’s no longer transitory…but at the same time they’re saying it’s not out of control.”
Philip Cross, a former Chief Economic Analyst for StatsCan, joins Rob with his analysis of the Bank of Canada’s rate announcement today.
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