The federal government deserves a significant share of the blame for protesters forcing the delay of this week’s hearings into the Energy East pipeline, said Sean Speer in an interview on BNN.

The delays are symptomatic of Ottawa’s failure to reassure Canadians about the effectiveness of environmental assessment.

“There’s an onus on the government which is, at the end of the day, responsible for the National Energy Board’s processes from a legal point of view, to stand up and say to Canadians that they can have and should have confidence in what is a world-leading regulatory process”, said Speer, an MLI Munk Senior Fellow.