Roundup: The Carney conundrum

The Globe and Mail wrote a story that tried to paint a picture of how Liberals were wooing Mark Carney, and that while he spoke at an exclusive event in Nova Scotia, he spent a few days at Scott Brison’s house with his family. And *gasp!* they both talked about income inequality at one time! Nobody else ever talks about income inequality – never! They must have been in cahoots about getting Carney to run for the party leadership! Never mind that they have a lot of similarities in experience and circles that they both travel in. The problem is that the story is largely sourced by unnamed “officials” and is dependent upon one particular organizer who was trying to get Carney to run and who may have simply been spinning a fabulation that Carney was actually entertaining a bid while he tried to get an organization behind him that was based on a false understanding of how the leadership ballot process was being run. It’s a bunch of random information being strung together with a bunch of supposition that something might have been discussed, because nobody wants to talk about it. And from a journalistic perspective, it reads a lot like rumour being reported as fact – especially with almost nobody going on the record to confirm or deny anything.

Whether the events in the story are true or not is no longer the issue, however. Economist Stephen Gordon worries about the irreparable harm that the Carney story does for the office of the Governor of the Bank of Canada, simply so that some “senior Liberal sources” could try and find some imagined gain.

The Auditor General plans to look at the shipbuilding contracts in this country. While the shipyard procurement process was widely lauded for its non-political nature, the shipbuilding contracts themselves are a major issue because they keep getting delayed, in large part because the Royal Canadian Navy can’t decide on what kinds of capabilities they want to incorporate, things get too expensive, and they have to start over again.

Aaron Wherry takes apart Chris Alexander’s attempt to “myth bust” the current talk about the F-35 procurement.

Here is a look at the immigration detention facility that houses families and children – surrounded by razor wire.

Thomas Mulcair boasts that he’s using Conservative language to bolster his party’s economic credentials.

Andrew Coyne looks at income inequality in Canada, and that by any measure, it hasn’t grown here while poverty has been reduced – and yet we remain driven by the American narrative, where the problems are real.

Susan Delacourt looks at conspiracy theories and sore winners in Canadian politics.

Here is your recap of the Sunday morning political shows, featuring Jim Flaherty, Kevin Page, and more discussion on American gun control.

And Tabatha Southey describes the F-35 procurement process in terms of Sex & The City.