OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada is trying to douse speculation that Mark Carney is a potential candidate for the leadership of the Liberal party.
The bank is pointing to a Carney interview from last spring in which he denies contemplating a career in politics and insists he's focused on his job as central bank governor.
However, his statements to date have not been sufficiently categorical to convince some Liberals to stop dreaming of a Carney candidacy.
A "Mark Carney for leader" Facebook page has popped up.
It has garnered one friend so far — Tim Murphy, one-time chief of staff to former prime minister Paul Martin.
The ongoing speculation puts Carney, who is supposed to be scrupulously independent and non-partisan, in an awkward position.