The latest grand opening of a Trump Tower luxury hotel is in Vancouver, British Columbia Tuesday.
Donald Trump, Jr. and brother Eric, who both worked feverishly for their father’s electoral victory last November, plan to be on hand to cut the ribbon.
So do hundreds of protesters. But neither the mayor and every member of the Vancouver City Council are expected to attend the event.
Mayor Gregor Robertson has moved politics in Canada’s third-largest city and Pacific Rim hub way to the left. Robertson is a former director of the George Soros-affiliated Tides Canada and several influential members at city hall were on the Tides payroll.
Tides Canada, though a charity, actively promotes a variety of environmental and global warming issues as well as other preferred uber-liberal causes.
Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs said by boycotting the event today he is “reinforcing my support for the mayor’s position that the name [of the tower] is at odds with the values of the city.”
The Trump Tower has been technically open for business since January and has already attracted protesters from Vancouver’s lively pool of left-wing agitators. But today’s grand opening is expected to attract some renewed interest.
Vancouver police are ready to maintain order outside the hotel when the expected protesters arrive and will be reacting to traffic flow interruptions as a result of protesters attempting to block streets. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a statement that it will be responsible for “the safety and security of designated internationally protected persons.”
The Trump brothers will be protected by U.S. Secret Service personnel who are traveling with them.
Not everyone in Vancouver is unhappy to have a Trump symbol on the Vancouver skyline. Billionaire developer Peter Wall says he will be on hand to meet the Trump sons and to celebrate a U.S. president who Wall says has brought a “breath of fresh air” to the White House and American politics.
“I really, really like him. I predicted he’d win and I thought he should win,” Wall told The Globe and Mail. “There’s such a malaise in the world and … he’s paying attention to the people who are workers, I think. This is an amazing man, whether they like him or not, to stand up to so much duress. I like this guy.”