Canada's new top central banker is no Mark Carney. That became clear on Wednesday, when Stephen Poloz, lauded the Canadian consumer for carrying the country through the global economic crisis of recent years. His comments so far suggest he isn't too worried about Canada's burgeoning consumer debt burden -- and that's a problem.
In a country that prides itself on its social safety net, one could argue that the current personal debt story is really a story of an endangered future for the things we hold dear as a society. Will debt-ridden Canadians be supportive at election time of paying more in taxes to maintain universal health care?