Trump sons open hotel tower in Vancouver, B.C., as officials boycott event
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Ignoring protests, claims their newest real-estate venture clashes with Canadian values and a no-show mayor who tried to change the tower’s name, U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons said Tuesday that it was “so fitting” to see the Trump brand in Vancouver, a city known for its diversity and progressive politics.
Protesters, some carrying posters proclaiming, “Love Trumps Hate,” surrounded the entrance to the Trump hotel and condominium tower while police and security officers in black suits gathered on sidewalks at the soaring edifice, which has drawn praise for its sleek design but has also raised ethical concerns about the business interests of the new U.S. president.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who had lobbied for the Trump name to be removed from the tower, refused to attend the ceremony in protest of Trump’s policies on immigration and other matters.
“The name Trump has now become synonymous not with luxury and lifestyle, but with racism, sexism and intolerance,” said City Councilman Kerry Jang, who was among other city officials boycotting the event.