- Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Dennis Paul Drainville is the retired Bishop of Quebec, in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is widely known for his past work as a politician, social activist, and teacher.
A graduate of Trinity College, Toronto, Bishop Drainville was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. Over the years he has served in several rural multi-point parishes, as an associate priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, and as executive director of a church-sponsored, multi-service agency working with the poor in downtown Toronto.
In 1985, he authored a highly publicized and controversial report entitled Poverty in Canada. That report, as well as his ongoing engagement in issues of social justice in Canada, led him to chair the National Conference on Hunger in 1987, and to work in northern Ontario with the Teme-Augami-Anishinabi First Nation in Temagami. His non-violent protest to help draw attention to the legitimate rights of First Nations people in Temagami led to his arrest, conviction, and a week’s imprisonment.
Over his thirty-six years of ordained ministry, Bishop Drainville has served in a multitude of capacities at every level of church life. He served as the Anglican co-chair of the Canadian Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue for four years. Before and after becoming Bishop of Quebec he supported the Anglican Church in affirming the sanctity and integrity of adult same-sex relationships. Also, from the beginning of his church involvement, he has supported the ordination of women.
Bishop Drainville has served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, eight years as a councillor on the City of Perce Council, and twelve years as a teacher of humanities at the Cegep College in Gaspé, Quebec.
Bishop Drainville was a member of the Occupy Nova Scotia People's Tribunal, which held public hearings to investigate alleged police brutality at an Occupy demonstration in Halifax in 2012. In the same year, he also participated personally in public demonstrations against Bill 78, an attempt to severely restrict student demonstrations against university tuition fee increases in Quebec.
He has, with other community leaders, taken a prominent role in preserving Via Rail service to the Gaspé peninsula, and was active in organizing fundraising and pastoral care to assist the Roman Catholic Parish in ministering to the inhabitants of Mégantic immediately after the train disaster.