Canada's Flaherty to interview central bank chief candidates

Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:26pm EST
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* Finance minister outlines involvement in recruitment process

* Spox says not unusual for minister to interview candidates

* Governor appointment subject to cabinet approval

* No timelines given for decision

OTTAWA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Canada's finance minister will interview a short list of candidates for the job of Bank of Canada governor, his office announced on Wednesday after a meeting with the head of a special recruitment committee of the central bank.

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney is leaving in June to head the Bank of England, and the process of finding his replacement is underway. Tiff Macklem, currently the senior deputy governor, is considered the frontrunner for the job.

An external recruiting firm, Odgers Berndston, has advertised the position, and a special committee of the Bank of Canada's board of directors has the task of compiling a list of potential candidates for the job.

The federal cabinet must approve all Bank of Canada governor appointments.

The bank's committee will work in "close consultation" with Flaherty to review the list of initial candidates, the statement said on Wednesday.   Continued...