Newly appointed Toronto city councilor resigns after controversial social media posts resurfaced

A newly installed Toronto city councilor has resigned just hours after her appointment after controversial social media posts resurfaced.

Rosemarie Bryan was named as the new councilor for Ward 1 – Etobicoke North during a special meeting by the city council on Friday, filling the vacancy left by her predecessor Michael Ford.

After she was hired, however, Bryans allegedly published old social media posts showing that she shares anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion and Islamophobic content. came to light.

Friday marked the start of Pride Toronto’s Festival Weekend, with the Pride Parade returning to downtown streets on Sunday after a two-year hiatus.

Several councilors posted on social media that if they had been aware of Bryan’s posts, they would not have voted for her to fill the seat. Of the 23 councilors who cast their ballots, 21 voted for Bryan, including Mayor John Tory.

“A majority of councilors would never have been this[way]if this information had been brought forward. We relied too much on the former councilor’s recommendation,” Coun said. Mike Layton tweeted.

“We need to reopen this debate.”

count. Josh Matlow, one of two councilors who didn’t vote for Bryan, called for her resignation, tweeting that he doesn’t believe “anyone who supports hate and bigotry should be a Toronto City Councilor, or for that matter hold public office.” to clothe. is disgraceful.”

On Friday night, Bryan released a statement announcing that she is resigning, saying it is the best way to continue serving those who love and support her in Etobicoke North.

Bryan said she is devastated that her past online posts “contrary to my decades-long commitment to the community”.

“I recognize that councilors were not aware of these posts before today’s discussion and now that they are, I recognize that many would not have voted for me. I don’t want to hurt anyone who supported me and I remain committed to my community in every way possible,” she said.

In a statement, Tory said that while Bryan made a “strong plea” to the council for her nomination, her previous social media posts are “not acceptable”.

“I totally disagree with any homophobic or transphobic views. I absolutely support our 2SLGBTQ+ residents. Councilors are expected to set an example when it comes to consistency with our shared values,” Tory said.

“I would not have voted for this nomination if I had been aware of these posts and I know that is the feeling of the vast majority of the council who also voted today.”

He said it was appropriate for Bryan to step down.

“The turmoil this has caused among everyone involved is extremely unfortunate. This is especially unfortunate at the weekend where we celebrate the progress we’ve made together,” Tory said, adding that he has asked staff to review the overall nomination process. review.

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