WHITBY, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada wants its central bank governor, Mark Carney, to become head of the Financial Stability Board, the country’s finance minister said on Monday days after a highly publicized clash between Carney and one of the world’s most powerful bankers.
“I would hope that that would happen,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters when asked if Carney would replace Italy’s Mario Draghi as chairman of the FSB, a body comprised of global financial regulators.
“Mark is highly qualified. I certainly support and have taken steps to encourage this to happen and we’ll see what happens,” Flaherty said.
Carney would not have to step down as Bank of Canada governor to take the job.
The FSB was tasked by the world’s top 20 economies (G20) to coordinate an overhaul of global banking rules after the financial crisis. Draghi is stepping down because he will become European Central Bank president in November.
Carney, a former Goldman Sachs banker, has been head of the Bank of Canada since February 2008 and has won widespread respect at home and abroad for his handling of monetary policy during the financial crisis.
The U.S. Federal Reserve appeared to borrow from Carney’s play book in August when it gave unusually explicit guidance on how long it expected to keep interest rates at historic lows.
Carney also chairs the Committee on the Global Financial System, a group within the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland, that seeks to detect and respond to threats of instability in the global financial system.
Canada, which had no bank failures during the crisis due partly to more conservative bank rules, has been pushing for global banking regulations to resemble its own.
That position put Carney in the hot seat at a Sept 23 meeting with some of the world’s most powerful bankers.
At the meeting, JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon lashed out at Carney, arguing that banks were suffering under the weight of the tougher new rules, according to people familiar with the encounter.
Carney grew visibly irritated as Dimon’s attack persisted, and he eventually left the room in the middle of the tirade. A Canadian official close to Carney said he had to leave to attend a scheduled press conference.
Reporting by Cameron French; Writing by Louise Egan; editing by Peter Galloway