John Tory Resigns as Toronto Mayor After Admitting Affair with City Staffer

Toronto Mayor John Tory has resigned one hour after a newspaper exposed an affair with a former staffer.

The Globe and Mail reported that Tory, who has been Toronto’s mayor since 2014, had an “inappropriate relationship” with a former staffer while in office. Tory then held a press conference where he admitted to the relationship and announced his resignation.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am here today to announce my resignation as mayor of Toronto,” Tory said. “I accept full responsibility for my actions and the consequences of my decisions. I apologize to the people of Toronto for my actions.”

Tory’s resignation comes at a difficult time for the city, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a recent surge in cases. Tory’s departure leaves the city without a mayor at a time when it needs one the most.

The affair was first exposed by the New York Post, which reported that Tory had been having a relationship with a former staffer for several years. The BBC also reported on the resignation and the affair.

The affair has been met with criticism from many in the city, including members of the city council.

“I am deeply disappointed and saddened by the news of the mayor’s resignation,” said Councillor Joe Cressy. “This is a difficult time for our city and we need strong leadership now more than ever.”

Tory’s resignation is effective immediately and the city is now in the process of finding his replacement.