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Bitcoin could be part of a basket of reserve alternatives to the US dollar, according to former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Stephen Harper, who was nine years long Prime Minister of Canada, says that there is a place for Bitcoin could give and digital currencies by central banks as part of a basket of reserve currencies to replace the dollar.
Bitcoin, a possible alternative to the US dollar?
In an interview with Jay Martin of the Investment Service Cambridge House at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference Harper said that the possibility that the US dollar will be replaced, could only come from a major currency like the euro or Chinese yuan. He expressed his doubts that a viable alternative, a currency by both would. On the one hand, given the long-term uncertainty about the value of the euro. Secondly, because of the „arbitrary measures“ that the Chinese government would take with regard to the value of the yuan:
It’s hard to see what is the alternative to the US dollar as the main reserve currency in the world. Other than gold, bitcoin, a whole basket of things […] I think you will see the number of things people use as reserves will increase, but the US dollar will still make up the majority of it,
Development of the central banks is upsetting
Former prime minister added that he thought that digital central bank currencies or CBDCs, to a certain degree were „inevitable.“ But they would likely be subject to monetary policy around the world. Harper said he was concerned that the central banks „a kind of general bankers“ could be, instead of being just a financial supervisor. Something that could affect the launch of any CBDC:
Ultimately, if you have a digital currency and the central bank’s purpose is to control inflation and create stable currency and price stability, then digital currency is just one kind of evolution of the market. But if it’s part of what I find to be a series of wild experiments into the role of the central bank, then I’m very concerned.
Harper served as Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 to 2015. Crypto and blockchain adoption in the country has expanded significantly since his departure. Canada even got its first regulated crypto exchange in September. The bank is also making progress in developing a CBDC, according to Timothy Lane, the Bank of Canada’s deputy governor.