After Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” on Monday, former Vancouver city planner Brent Toderian tweeted:
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) December 8, 2015
The 63-storey Vancouver Trump International Hotel and Tower on West Georgia Street is actually being developed by the Holborn Group, in association with Donald Trump. Speaking to News 1130, Toderian described the name association as “lazy” and said Trump had “nothing to do with the building at all”:
“[Using the Trump name] might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but I can’t imagine [the developers] want it associated with their brand either. I think it’s quite appropriate for Vancouverites to speak out. Just like Trump feels he has the right to say whatever he wants, I think Vancouverites have a right to say whatever we want and show, in our opinion, the name has no place in Canada or Vancouver given the things we stand for.”
The tower is scheduled to open in 2016. Neither the City of Vancouver, nor the Holborn Group has yet to publicly respond to Toderian’s comments.
Meanwhile in Toronto, city councillor Josh Matlow called for the owners of the Toronto Trump International Hotel and Tower to disassociate itself from The Donald.
I believe the owners of Toronto’s Trump Tower should change its name. Toronto is a diverse & respectful city. Donald Trump is a fascist.
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 8, 2015