Controversial priest considers run for MP
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.”