John Tory, the mayor of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, resigned today after admitting to an affair with a city staffer.
The resignation comes just one hour after the New York Post exposed the affair, which Tory had admitted to earlier in the day.
In a statement, Tory said he was resigning from his post as mayor of Toronto and apologized to all those affected by his actions.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions and for the hurt and pain I have caused to those closest to me and to the citizens of Toronto,” Tory said.
Tory said he had made a mistake and was resigning out of respect for the office of mayor and for the people of Toronto.
“I hope my resignation will allow the city to move forward and focus on the important issues facing us,” he said.
Tory’s resignation comes at a challenging time for Toronto, as the city is dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The city is also facing a budget crisis, with the mayor having recently proposed a tax hike to help close a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
Tory’s resignation speech was carried live on Global News, and his full speech can be seen on USNN.
The city of Toronto is now searching for a new mayor to take over from Tory.