Martin brushes off claims of central bank conflict

CANADA - Finance Minister Paul Martin brushed away suggestions yesterday that he was trying to undermine the independence of the Bank of Canada with comments this week about the bank needing to take action.

"All I said was, 'monetary policy and fiscal policy work much better if they work together, with one objective in mind,' " Mr. Martin told the House of Commons yesterday.

A day earlier, he appeared to overstep his bounds by advocating that the Bank of Canada take "measures" to boost the Cana