SAGUENAY, Que. - A Quebec mayor is set to head to court today in a bid to reverse a decision banning prayers before his city council meetings.

Saguenay's colourful mayor, Jean Tremblay, says he's fighting to preserve the province's Roman Catholic heritage.

Tremblay launched a fundraising drive to fight the court case which started after a complaint from a local resident.

The Quebec human rights tribunal had ordered the prayers be stopped, the crucifix in the city council chamber be removed and that damages be paid to the citizen who complained.

Tremblay says many Saguenay residents are behind his fight and have given him money to fund the legal battle.

The Quebec Court of Appeal is hearing the case.