Vancouver mayor asks developer to dump Donald Trump’s name from city tower

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The Canadian Press

Vancouver: Mayor Gregor Robertson has sent a letter urging a developer to drop Donald Trump’s name from a tower being built downtown.

Robertson says in the letter to the Holborn Group that Vancouver is known for diversity, equality and freedom from discrimination, and Trump’s hateful positions undermine those ideals.

He references a petition signed by more than 50,000 people asking that the U.S. businessman’s name to be removed from the tower, following the Republican hopeful’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Robertson says he’s asked the city manager to see if the council has any power to change the name if the developer doesn’t take action, though he noted the city lacked any “obvious tools.”

The Holborn Group is building the 63-storey Trump International Hotel and Tower, but the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she agrees that Trump’s name doesn’t represent Vancouver, but that ultimately the city and the developer should make the decision.

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