Ottawa Citizen

Controvers­ial priest considers run for MP

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MONTREAL • A colourful and controvers­ial Roman Catholic priest, who worked as a male prostitute and in a gay leather bar in his youth, is considerin­g a run for Parliament.

Rev. Raymond Gravel, a maverick who has publicly disagreed with his church in areas such as same- sex marriage, says he is seriously interested in running for the Bloc Québécois nomination in the byelection to fill the vacancy in the riding of Repentigny, a Bloc stronghold. The riding, off the eastern tip of Montreal, lost its MP in late August when incumbent Benoît Sauvageau was killed in a traffic accident.

In an interview yesterday, Father Gravel said he wants to be the Bloc’s candidate in the Nov. 27 byelection to fight for justice.

“ All the causes where there is injustice, we have to work to restore justice, regardless of the cause. Injustice is unacceptab­le,” he said.

However, he cautions he has to first get the permission of the Vatican.

“ I’m a priest before I’m a politician.”

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