Musings —06.01.2016 07:33 AM—
On the Hill, the hours are crazy. So are the demands on you and your family. There’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of isolation, and there’s a lot of scrutiny – so people dealt with all that in different ways. Back in my day, there weren’t as many bars and whatnot around. But there was certainly a lot of people who would go for a drink after work. They’d do that every single day. That’s how they’d deal with how it is in Ottawa.
I was (and am) weird: I’d come from a punk Straight Edge scene, so I just never did that sort of thing. And – I confess – I didn’t often hang out with, or ever hire, those who did. Loose lips sink governments, etc. If you were a regular on a bar stool at D’Arcy McGee’s, I kept away.
Anyway, for those of you who are in Ottawa, peering at this on your government-issue device, wondering if what happened to this formerly powerful cabinet minister could happen to you, this is a useful rule of thumb. Fifteen or more a week? That’s a problem.
If you’re doing that, day in and day out, you need to do what Hunter Tootoo did. Get help.