Toronto mayoral candidate embroiled in scandal

“This is a vindication for the city of Brampton and a full exoneration of my actions as mayor,” said Fred Tolbert, Brampton’s mayor, on Tuesday. A private investigator working for Brampton Progressive Conservative MPP Michael Harris claimed earlier this year that he found lewd emails and was instructed to delete them, including a message sent by the mayor. In a report on Wednesday, Ontario’s integrity commissioner Christine Elliot released her findings, finding that the mayor broke no rules but only showed “poor judgment.” She recommended the mayor repay the city $10,000 for legal fees and suspend the councillor that gave him the job for 90 days. While the mayor has apologized, he maintained his innocence and said that his actions were no different than the actions of many council members in the Conservative government. But Solomon Friedman, the city’s city manager, said the probe was incomplete. “There are more questions than answers,” he said in an interview. “I have no idea who is responsible for this. What I do know is there is enough information in front of me to re-establish that this was in fact a non-council environment and an inappropriate personal relationship.”

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