He mayor of Turinthe largest city in Canada, john torypresented his Friday night resignation unexpectedly after it was made public that had an extramarital affair with an employee 37 years younger than him.
Tory announced his resignation at a press conference an hour after the paper The Toronto Star Reveal the details of the relationship.
The 68-year-old mayor, reelected to the post in October 2022 for a third term, described the relationship as “a mistake in judgement”.
“During the pandemic, I have had a relationship with an employee of my services in a way that does not meet the standards I have set for myself as a mayor and as a parent‘ Tory said during a press conference at City Hall.
“Therefore, I have decided to step down as mayor have time to reflect on my mistakes and do what is necessary to regain my family’s trust“, He added.
The politician has been married since 1978 and has four children and six grandchildren.
“Above all, I apologize to my wife, Barb, and my family.whom I have let down more than anyone,” he said.
He said the relationship “mutually ended earlier this year,” that he had reported it to a city ethics officer and that the employee had left City Hall.
Tory, a prominent Conservative businessman who first became mayor of Toronto in 2014, said he would step down because he didn’t want the mayor’s image to suffer from the scandal.
He said he will work with city employees and Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie to ensure an orderly transition to a new administration.
“I deeply regret having to leave a job I love in a city I love even more. I believe, with all my heart, that it is best to fully commit to the work needed to repair even these very important (family) relationships,” Tory said.
Toronto, a city ruled by scandals since 2014
In 2014 Tory replaced another incumbent Conservative politician, Rob Ford, who between 2010 and 2014 plunged the mayor into a chain of embarrassing events.
Ford, who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, appeared drunk in public on several occasions.
In 2013, he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman and shortly after, a video was released showing the mayor of Toronto smoking crack, a form of cocaine.
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