I read about this one last night -- this was the first time the post was 'open' to job applicants answering an advert, rather than just chosen from a hand-picked shortlist.  Carney was widely agreed to be the best candidate for the job (Canada hasn't been as badly affected by the recession as most other countries) and so was hired -- sounds like an improvement on the 'old boy network' that seems to dominate these positions in the UK.

Carney has links to the UK (British wife, spent a few years working here), so he already has some contacts in the UK banking industry.

Herbie