This was told on February 15th < before Abel apologize >
Cognizant of the adage, "people in glass houses should not throw stones," I was somewhat reluctant to address Abel Leblanc's meltdown in the legislature last week. You likely saw it. You no doubt heard about it.
Those who know me know I have a temper, so this is not an attempt to be holier than thou. I've had my share of inappropriate outbursts - most, but not all of them on hockey rinks, ball fields or golf courses. So, I know the frustration and anger Leblanc clearly felt when he blew up. I also know how he must feel now. I have felt that shame after doing something that was clearly and inexcusably out of line.
I've worked hard to control my temper, and while I'd like to say I've been successful, I can't. As a result, family, friends and total strangers are still occasionally subjected to tirades that must have them questioning my sanity. I'm not proud of that. I can only hope that at the end of the day, I'll be remembered for the 99.5 per cent of my life that I tried to do the right thing and not the .5 per cent that made those around me as uncomfortable as Leblanc made those in the legislature and the thousands who watched it afterwards.
I honestly don't think I'm a bad person and based solely on his outburst, I don't think Abel Leblanc is a bad person. That does not excuse his behaviour. But I'm confident it'll lead him do the right thing when he returns to the House Thursday and apologize to everyone he let down.
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Here's my interview with Abel before he walked into the Legislature.