John Tory resigns as mayor of Toronto over affair with employee

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was resigning after developing an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.

Torrey says his relationship with his office employees developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, when he was separated from his wife, Barbara, whom he has been married to for more than 40 years.

He said the relationship with the staff ended by mutual consent earlier this year and the employee is now working at another job.

Torrey broke the news in a statement from city hall Friday night and apologized profusely.

He said he will work with city officials to ensure an orderly transition.

Torrey was first elected mayor in 2014 and had just been re-elected for a third term in October, following a tumultuous tenure by his predecessor, Rob Ford, along with promises to restore the mayor’s seat.