The Trump Tower that drew the city’s ire to open today in diverse Vancouver

March 3, 2017 10:23 pm

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The twisting, glass tower with stunning views across Vancouver’s harbour and the snow-capped peaks beyond is where the postcard-perfect image ends for the first new hotel to bear the name of U.S. President Donald Trump since he took office.

Vancouver’s mayor, during the contentious run-up to the Republican primaries to the south, said the tycoon’s brand doesn’t belong in a city that prides itself on openness. The tower’s wealthy Malaysian developer has faced demands to re-brand the project. And two separate demonstrations are planned by protesters as the property debuts.

Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric as well as Joo Kim Tiah — scion of one of Malaysia’s richest tycoons and head of Vancouver-based developer Holborn Group — are set to attend Tuesday’s grand opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, located on a downtown thoroughfare where a giant silver “TRUMP” logo faces a modest brick church.

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