Mr. Johnson said in an interview that one of the chief priorities of the talks must be to get China, India and the United States to come into a new framework. He added that Canada can play a significant role in bringing the United States into the mix.
“Obviously I believe that China, India and the U.S. … have to be in the post-Kyoto process,” he said.
He added, however, that not all nations have to have the same targets. A new framework can allow for differentiation “and maybe we have to recognize that.”
Johnson endorses the Conservative position of Canada is “special”, when he argues for flexible targets, depending on national circumstance. With that perspective in mind, Johnson is merely a rubber stamp for a pre-determined position. Nothing new, no wider opinion, just simple parroting of the Harper/Baird rhetoric.
With Johnson’s views already know, I doubt this public relations exercise will have much sway with Quebecers. The broader point, Johnson represents confirmation that Canada’s role in the talks will be to water down any movement for firm, consistent targets. All this appointment means, the “saboteurs” have found another conscript to argue their position.