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The mayor of Toronto resigned after accepting that he cheated on his wife with an employee 37 years younger

He called the extramarital affair a “misjudgment” and said he is leaving his third term to win back “the trust” of his family.

He toronto mayorthe largest city in Canada, john torypresented on Friday night his resignation unexpectedly after it was made public that had an extramarital affair with an employee 37 years younger.

Tory announced her resignation at a news conference an hour after the newspaper The Toronto Star Reveal the details of the relationship.

The 68-year-old mayor, who had been re-elected to the position in October 2022 for a third term, described the relationship as “an error of judgement”.

“During the pandemic, I had a relationship with an employee of my services in a way that does not meet the standards I set for myself as mayor and as a parent“Tory said during a press conference at City Hall.

“Therefore, I have decided to resign my position as mayor to have time to reflect on my mistakes and do what is necessary to regain the trust of my family“, 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 to my family.whom I have disappointed more than anyone,” he said.

He said the relationship “ended by mutual agreement 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 was resigning because he did not want the mayor’s image to suffer from the scandal.

He said he would work with city employees and Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie to ensure an orderly transition to a new administration.

“I am deeply sorry to have to leave a job that I love in a city that I love even more. I believe, with all my heart, that it is best to fully commit to the work necessary to repair these very important (family) relationships as well,” Tory said.

Toronto, a city governed by scandals since 2014

In 2014 Tory replaced another conservative politician, Rob Ford, who between 2010 and 2014 plunged the mayoralty into a chain of embarrassing events.

Ford, who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, appeared on several occasions drunk in public.

In 2013, he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, and shortly afterward a video was released showing the mayor of Toronto smoking crack, a form of cocaine.

With information from agencies

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