If you’ve grown resentful of the never-ending 2015 election campaign, and you feel like punishing the next candidate you see, here’s a suggestion: Ask him or her whether he or she thinks the Bank of Canada should continue using the core inflation rate as its North Star. Then sit back and enjoy the blank stare.
With this simple question, you would be exacting revenge for all the simplistic rhetoric and cynical policy proposals that have dominated the debate about the economy to date. You also would be raising a crucial economic issue that the winner of the October vote will face within months of forming a government.
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