Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Attacks Opposition for Recommending Bitcoin as Inflation Hedge

Earlier this year, Pierre Poilievre, the new leader of the opposition Conservative Party, said he supports bitcoin as an inflation-beating asset.

AccessTimeIconSep 13, 2022 at 2:06 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:39 p.m. UTC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Monday criticized the opposition party for asking people to invest in bitcoin to beat inflation.

"Telling people they can opt out of inflation by investing in cryptocurrencies is not responsible leadership," Trudeau tweeted, calling the opposition's economic ideas reckless and questionable.

Trudeau's criticism comes after the Conservative Party, Canada's main opposition to Trudeau's Liberal Party, elected pro-bitcoin veteran lawmaker Pierre Poilievre as its new leader.

Early this year, Poilievre attacked Trudeau for injecting $400 billion into the economy, which he said fueled inflation. Poilievre supported the use of supposed fiat alternatives such as bitcoin.

Bitcoin devotees have long said that the cryptocurrency's scarcity would help investors preserve the value of their money during times of high inflation. Bitcoin's market valuation, however, has halved to $427 billion this year despite rampant inflation.


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