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The Carney affair: 'There is a risk on being open about your place on the political spectrum'

Jim Flaherty has nothing to say about Mark Carney and the Liberals.

“I have no comment on any of that,” he said. “I usually have comments on everything, but I have no comment on any of that.”

The New Democrats would like you to know that Peggy Nash would never invite the bank governor to her vacation home.

A New Democratic Party spokesman said Monday the party considers the Bank of Canada governor to be a non-partisan position and would never undermine that by inviting the governor to stay at an MP’s house.

And several British MPs are eager to hear what Mr. Carney has to say for himself.

Andrew Tyrie, the Tory chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, told the Times of London on Monday: “My colleagues will want to address every such issue at the preappointment hearing.” … Some British Conservative MPs who want Britain to adopt a more aggressive monetary policy expressed concern to The Times on Monday about Mr. Carney’s conversations with Canadian Liberal Party members. Mark Field, the Tory MP for the City of London, said: “Now we know he’s a liberal, there seems no doubt that it will be ‘business as usual’ for interest rates right through until 2015.” Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Somerset Tory MP, told The Times: “There is a risk on being open about your place on the political spectrum. Having someone with known political views in a nominally apolitical job can lead to disagreements.”