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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

British press brands Mark Carney’s wife Diana an ‘eco-warrior’ and anti-’consumption’

Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Nov 27, 2012 11:54 AM ET | Last Updated: Nov 27, 2012 12:51 PM ET
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Caroline Phillips Mark Carney and Diana Carney at the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July Celebration held Monday, July 4, 2011.
The wife of outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney has caught the attention of the British press as an “eco-warrior” who “has expressed sympathy with the anti-banking Occupy movement.”
After news broke on Monday that Mr. Carney is headed for the Bank of England, London’s The Daily Telegraph ran a story under the headline “New Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s wife: an eco-warrior who says banks are rotten,” pulling from articles she has written for her eco-conscious website and for Canada’s own iPolitics as recently as Nov. 19.

The Daily TelegraphThe Telegraph piece in question
In the iPolitics piece, Diana Carney — the vice-president of a liberal think-tank — deemed income inequality the “defining issue of our time” and said she believes people “fear that the institutions that underpin our country and the global system are either threatened, rotten or inadequate to face down the challenges of the future.”

Mr. Carney, who is widely esteemed in the economics community and who steered Canada’s monetary policy ship since February 2008, is slated to take the helm at one of the most powerful central banks in the world when he assumes the British governorship next year. And the dynamic between husband and wife — one a former investment banker slated to regulate Britain’s banks and be a leader in the global marketplace, the other an anti-consumption activist concerned by the “visibility and excess of the top 0.1 per cent” — was not lost on the Telegraph.

“[Ms. Carney] has described the notion that humans should halt all consumption to save the environment as a ‘good point’ but ‘very hard given the way our societies function,’ and has also lamented the ‘relentless exhortations to buy and the fact that much of our sense of self is tied up in our possessions,’” the London paper reported.

It went on to describe the couple’s lifestyle, reporting that they live in a $1.3-million home in Ottawa’s Rockcliffe Park, “one of the richest enclaves where their neighbours include ambassadors and executives” and even adding that “records suggest that they made [$151,000] of improvements in 2009.”

The paper also pointed out that Ms. Carney urges readers of her ecoproductsthatwork.com blog to live frugally. “Describing herself as a ‘farmer’s daughter’ she wears recycled vegan shoes, describes environmentally-friendly ways to tackle head lice and recommends ‘gardening with cow poo.’”

On her site, she discusses her use of natural “crystal deodorant,” cutting “forlorn sweaters up to make mittens” and how she hoards “old shoeboxes in my basement in the hopes of identifying future uses.”
In the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the blog, Ms. Carney responds to the question “If we want to help the environment, shouldn’t we just stop consuming altogether?” with this: “Fortunately, it has been repeatedly shown that having more stuff does not make us happy, so we should be able to make that step.”

The couple met in 1991 when both were studying at the University of Oxford in England, according to a 2011 Readers’ Digest, which said Ms. Carney was then “Diana Fox, a British economist
specializing in Third World development.” They eventually made their way to Toronto and “after a few years on Bay Street — a culture, [Mr. Carney] claims, that was ultimately too materialistic for his liking — he caught the eye of David Dodge, then Bank of Canada governor,” the digest reported.

Mr. Carney became the bank’s deputy governor in 2003, and after 10 years at Canada’s central institution, he is slated to take up the helm in Britain in July 2013.
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