Jan. 28, 2015 | CREBNow
The Bank of Canada surprised many Canadians last week when it reduced the overnight interest rate from one to 0.75 per cent.
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz cited plummeting oil prices as motivation behind the drop, which represents the first time the bank has changed the rate since September 2010.
"The drop in oil prices is unambiguously negative for the Canadian economy," he said.
"Canada's income from oil exports will be reduced, and investment and employment in the energy sector are already being cut."