New Toronto City Councilor Resigns Hours After Appointment Over Anti-LGBTQ Social Media Posts
Toronto’s new city councilor resigned just hours after her appointment on Friday.
Rosemarie Bryan faced a growing chorus of calls for her resignation after CANADALAND editor Jonathan Goldsbie tweeted that the adviser had repeatedly shared anti-LGBTQ content on Facebook. The positions were shared between 2015 and 2021.
Bryan announced her resignation Friday night in a written statement, saying she didn’t want anyone in the city to feel unloved and out of the community.
“I am so devastated that the posts I made on social media are now being thrown back against my decades of commitment to the community,” Bryan wrote in the statement.
‘I recognize councilors were unaware of these posts prior to today’s discussion and now that they are, I recognize that many would not have voted for me,’ she said. .
Several city councilors took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to express their disgust at the opinions expressed in the posts shared by Bryan.
“I want to say unequivocally that if I had seen these messages before the vote, I would never have supported Rosemary. I believe that given this new information, she should resign,” the adviser said. Buxton Potts wrote on Twitter.
I want to say unequivocally that if I had seen these messages before the vote, I would never have supported Rosemary. I think that given this new information, she should resign. https://t.co/1ldWYswBtd
Mayor John Tory said social media posts shared by Bryan are not acceptable for a Toronto city councilor.
“I totally disagree with any homophobic or transphobic opinion,” he said in a statement.
“I absolutely support our 2SLGBTQ+ residents. Councilors are expected to lead by example when it comes to consistency with our shared values.
“I would not have voted for this nomination had I been aware of these positions and I know that is the sentiment of the vast majority of the board who also voted today,” Tory added.
‘Particularly unfortunate’ nomination during Pride, says Tory
“It’s especially unfortunate on the very weekend when we celebrate the progress we’ve made together,” Tory said.
Toronto celebrates Pride Monday and the 2022 Toronto Pride Parade will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
Tory said Bryan made a strong case to the board for his nomination and demonstrated years of community involvement.
Bryan, in his statement, referenced his work in the Etobicoke community, his commitment to his religious beliefs and his charitable work in Canada and Jamaica.
Com. Brad Bradford says no one on Toronto City Council shares “those odious views”.
“If we had been informed before voting, she would not have been supported. With the information we have now, I hope Rosemarie Bryan does the right thing and resigns,” Bradford tweeted.
Meanwhile, the con. Josh Matlow says he doesn’t believe anyone who supports hate and bigotry should be a Toronto city councilor or hold public office.
“This is shameful. Rosemarie Bryan should not have been nominated and must resign immediately,” Matlow said in a tweet.
I don’t believe that someone who supports hate and bigotry should be a Toronto city councilor or hold public office for that matter. It is shameful. Rosemarie Bryan should not have been nominated and must resign immediately.
On Friday, council named Bryan councilor for Ward 1, Etobicoke North. The seat was previously held by Michael Ford, Premier Doug Ford’s nephew, who was sworn in Friday as Ontario’s new Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism.
Bryan’s appointment was effective immediately and was to continue until the current term expires on Monday, November 14.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone who has supported me and I remain committed to helping my community in any way I can,” Bryan said in his statement.
“I have therefore resigned from this appointment effective tonight – I believe this is the best way to continue to serve all who love and support me and the people of Etobicoke North.”