A former Vancouver city planner is calling for the removal of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name from the tower on Georgia Street that is currently under construction.
Trump made anti-Muslim remarks on Monday calling for the “complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S., spurring Brent Toderian to tweet that real estate developer Holburn should remove his name from the tower.
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) December 8, 2015
Trump said Muslims have “hatred towards Americans that is beyond comprehension.”
Toderian told Vancity Buzz that Trump’s latest comment was simply one of many that left a bad taste in his mouth.
“A reporter said to me ‘Trump’s not funny anymore,’ and my response was ‘he’s never been funny.’ He’s been increasingly horrifying,” he said.
Trump’s comments are shocking in their insanity, said Toderian, and he feels the Trump brand doesn’t represent Vancouver.
“This isn’t about him, this is about our value system as Vancouverites and Canadians.”
“Whether the name is changed or not, I saw it as an opportunity for us as Vancouverites to speak up and say his comments, his brand don’t reflect our value system or the way we build our society and city.”
Toderian said he has no plans to contact Holburn directly or take further steps to try and get the Trump named stripped from the iconic tower.
The 63 storey Trump Tower has been a source of controversy for Vancouverites since the business mogul started his presidential campaign. After Trump made controversial remarks regarding Mexican immigrants this past summer, a group called Mexicans Living in Vancouver made plans to protest outside of the tower.
“Our message is to potential investors — reconsider your business, this is a man that stands for racism, xenophobia and bigotry, and those values are not Canadian,” organizer Rocco Trigueros said.
The tower is on track for a 2016 completion and boasts luxurious features such as a bar and nightclub with wading pools and chauffeured Rolls Royces for residents.