The mayor of Canada’s largest metropolis, has formally resigned. Now what?
John Tory first introduced he would step down final Friday evening after admitting he’d had a relationship with a former staffer. The Toronto Star broke the story.
However Tory did not tender his papers instantly. As an alternative, he waited till a short while after metropolis council authorised his 2023 finances following a daylong debate. You possibly can learn extra about that right here.
Tory did not communicate with reporters Wednesday, different to say he was completely happy the finances handed, and was booed by members of the general public who attended the morning a part of the assembly earlier than some had been eliminated by safety. Regardless of that, some councillors and Ontario Premier Doug Ford urged the embattled mayor to remain on.
However that was Wednesday.
What occurs subsequent?
Tory will formally resign on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie, a Scarborough councillor in her second time period in workplace, will take over. Per town: “The Deputy Mayor doesn’t turn into the ‘Performing Mayor’ or ‘Interim Mayor.'”
It is also value noting McKelvie is not going to inherit the “robust mayor” powers that Tory requested Ontario Premier Doug Ford to grant him. The provincial regulation permits the Toronto mayor to move bylaws with the assist of a only a third of councillors.
Tory’s resignation additionally kicks off a brand new mayoral race.
On the subsequent scheduled metropolis council assembly — set for March 29 — town clerk will formally declare the mayor’s workplace vacant and move a bylaw launching a byelection.
Nominations will open the subsequent day. Some candidates have already declared their plans to run, whereas others will doubtless make it official within the coming weeks.
Proper now, it is unclear how lengthy that nomination window will likely be open (metropolis employees are providing a spread from 30-60 days).
Nevertheless, Torontonians ought to put together for a 45-day marketing campaign main as much as the byelection itself.
There might, although it stays to be seen, be a push to delay the byelection to the autumn months, as some councillors mentioned on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. The town’s final election (like many municipal elections) noticed a dismal voter turnout with simply 30 per cent of eligible residents casting a poll.