04/19/2013 14:07 EDT | Updated 06/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Bank governor Carney's wife defends 'separate opinions'

Diana Carney, wife of outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, addressed controversies in the British press over her own work and comments Thursday, saying people accept she is a separate person with separate opinions.

Carney, vice-president of research at the Ottawa-based think tank Canada 2020, was appearing on CBC News Network's Power & Politics to discuss carbon pricing.

Host Evan Solomon asked how she was handling the media attention that came with her husband's high-profile appointment late last year, which included stories in the British media about her work as an environmentalist and the couple's London housing allowance.

"You're right, Evan, I've been getting more attention recently, but as you said, I've been doing this for a while, these are issues I care passionately about," she said. "I've been doing my best to raise the policy dialogue on these issues and it's my job to do that at Canada 2020."

"In this day and age people are okay with Mark and I being separate people. We have separate opinions, and I think people accept that — it's my career and though we are married we are not entirely one," she added.

In the wake of her husband's appointment last fall, the British press wrote about Diana Carney's background as a development economist, noting her critiques of consumerism and going so far as to characterize her environmental views as "radical."

She also took some flack in March when she tweeted an apparent joke about house-hunting in London. The couple's housing allowance of £250,000 and her husband's pay rate were widely covered in the British press.

Canada 2020 hosted a conference in Ottawa this week on creating discussion around carbon pricing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Carney contributed a paper to the conference calling for dialogue on cap and trade, carbon taxes and other options for pricing carbon.

The British-born Carney, who has worked as a consultant for charities and on international development issues, holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and runs a website that reviews eco-friendly products.