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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney caught up in Canadian art sale controversy

A journalist has lost his job for taking commission on art sales he helped broker for several high profile Canadians including Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England.

Mr Carney was referred to as “the Guv” in emails discussing the sale set up by Evan Solomon, a broadcaster for Canada's CBC.

Mr Solomon used his connections to arrange art sales on behalf of collectors, charging commission in breach of CBC’s policy on outside interests, according to an investigation by the Star newspaper.

The Governor paid C$22,500 (£11,890) for a five-by-six foot painting by Kim Dorland, using his own money.

“Next year in terms of the Guv will be very interesting. He has access to highest power network in the world,” Solomon reportedly wrote in an email after the purchase in December 2014.

Mr Carney was interviewed on Mr Solomon’s programmes several times, most recently in April 2014, to pay tribute to Canada’s former finance minister Jim Flaherty.

There is no suggestion that Mr Carney knew that his name was being used to try and further Mr Solomon’s art deals, or that the journalist took commission. The Governor moved to London in 2013 to take up his post at the Bank of England.

“Governor Carney has no enduring professional relationship with Mr Solomon. He never comments on matters relating to his personal life,” said his spokesman at the Bank of England.

Jim Balsillie, the co-founder of Blackberry maker Research in Motion, was also named as a client of Mr Solomon. In his emails, the journalist referred to him as “Anka”, in a reference to his apparent likeness to the singer Paul Anka.

Mr Solomon recently ended his business partnership with Bruce Bailey, an art collector, he said in a statement. He added that the business only had two clients.

"I did not view the art business as a conflict with my political journalism at the CBC and never intentionally used my position at the CBC to promote the business,” he said.

"I am deeply sorry for the damage that my activities have done to the trust that the CBC and its viewers and listeners have put in me. I have the utmost respect for the CBC and what it stands for."

Edited by Fairyland

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