Overview Discuss About

Submit quote

Bill Morneau

Bill Morneau

Minister of Finance

July 21st, 2017

"There's no time at which you say we will stop being vigilant," he added. "We want to make sure that the market is healthy. We want to make sure people's big investment – their housing investment – is safe and secure as best we can."

Morneau said the measures his government has implemented so far, including stress tests and raising the down payment requirements, have started to achieve their aim of cooling some of the country's hottest housing markets.

"It's early to cry victory, but the measures are having the intended impact," he said.

"It was probably not a coincidence that the Prime Minister and I were in Seattle meeting with Warren Buffett a few weeks before Buffett came in and decided to make an investment in Home Capital," he said, noting they didn't discuss the Home Capital specifically but spoke about the "emerging strength" of the housing market.

He noted bodies like the Bank of Canada shouldn't be concerned with intervening.

"We do believe that the federal government has an important role in understanding the market and remaining vigilant... the Bank of Canada's mandate is not about the housing market. It's very much about inflation."

Not sure how "people's big investment – their housing investment – is safe and secure" is consistent with "cooling some of the country's hottest housing markets.".. Boomers won't be happy with any decline to their retirement savings.

Also taking credit for Warren Buffet's taking advantage of Home Capital at its weakest on top of a usurious loan from HOOP, should be interesting to see how this pans out.

More comments