Toronto City Hall Shaken as Mayor Admits to ‘Serious Mistake’ in Personal Life.
February 11, 2023 – Toronto Mayor John Tory announced on Friday that he would resign from his office after admitting to an affair with a former employee, a 31-year-old who worked as an advisor in his office.
The relationship took place during the pandemic and ended earlier this year by mutual consent. Tory expressed deep regret for his actions and apologized to the people of Toronto, his staff, and his colleagues on city council, as well as to his wife and family.
The former employee has since found employment outside of Tory’s office. Tory has informed the integrity commissioner of the situation and has asked for a review. He will also work with the city manager, city clerk, and Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie to ensure an orderly transition.
City Councillors expressed shock and sadness at the news of Tory’s resignation and the affair with a City staffer. They are set to step in and take the reins until a byelection is held, which is likely to happen in the coming weeks or months. They emphasized the importance of a strong council to guide the city through this difficult time.
Tory won re-election in last October’s municipal election and has enjoyed strong support throughout most of his time in office. He became mayor in 2014, beating Doug Ford and Olivia Chow, and won again in 2018, defeating Jennifer Keesmaat. During his tenure, he held property taxes at the rate of inflation while building relationships with other levels of government.
The resignation of Mayor Tory is a major blow to the City of Toronto, coming at a time when it faces numerous challenges, including a budget vote scheduled for Wednesday.
The City will now have to navigate the aftermath of this scandal and find a way to move forward.