New Brunswick

Man charged with threatening Brian Gallant will get psychological assessment

A Moncton-area man charged with threatening Premier Brian Gallant was released from custody Wednesday but was ordered to stay away from the premier and to get a psychological assessment before his next court appearance in March.

Daniel LeBlanc, 35, ordered to stay away from premier and his family

Daniel LeBlanc has been charged with threatening Premier Brian Gallant. (CBC)

A Moncton-area man charged with threatening Premier Brian Gallant was released from custody Wednesday but was ordered to stay away from the premier and to get a psychological assessment before his next court appearance in March.

Daniel LeBlanc, 35, of Homestead Road in Second North River, west of Moncton, was charged Tuesday with threatening to cause bodily harm to Gallant.

For me, what's important is that my family feel safe.- Brian Gallant, premier

The alleged threats occurred Monday.

LeBlanc told reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday it's all "a misunderstanding" over a Facebook post.

Premier Gallant told reporters he expects this type of thing to happen because he's in the public eye.

But he is concerned for his family, he said.

"It's a part of the job to sometimes have things like this happen. For me, what's important is that my family feel safe. I'm the one that choose to get into politics, not my family," said Gallant.

"I spoke to them over the last 24 hours and and everybody's OK, everybody is good and again, we as a family put our trust in the RCMP and the work that they do to analyze the situation, and of course we completely trust their judgement on what to do given a situation so we feel great."

At a bail hearing Wednesday, Judge Denise LeBlanc ordered Daniel LeBlanc to have no contact with Gallant or his family. He can't get within 100 metres of them or be near Gallant's workplace or home.

LeBlanc asked how long these conditions would be in place, and the judge replied: "Until the matter is finished before the court."

The psychological assessment, expected to last about two months, is to be done before LeBlanc's next court appearance on March 13.

With files from Tori Weldon