Mayor (could) return Trump tower developer’s political contributions, to express real conviction

Trump tower

Vancouver Mayor is joining the outrage against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Robertson letter to Holborn via CKNW 16-Dec-2015 EDITTaking an aggressive approach, the Mayor has reached out to media to share the text of his letter asking Joo Kim Tiah, head of Holborn Holdings, Ltd. to remove the Trump brand from the 63-storey tower Holborn has nearly completed on West Georgia Street in Vancouver.

Below is the text of his letter, but some people would love to see the Mayor take a strong stand on principle, and return all the political donations his party, Vision Vancouver, has received from Holborn, by adding something like this:

In fact, I feel so strongly about this, Mr. Tiah, that I have instructed my political party, Vision Vancouver, to return the $137,000 you donated to us to help us win seats in the civic elections in 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014, and once we do the calculations, any donations or gifts that were not required to be reported publicly in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015


Gregor RobertsonMr. Tiah,

I am writing to you regarding my concern, and the outcry of concern from Vancouver citizens, about the Trump brand on your new tower on West Georgia Street.

As Mayor, I’m proud that Vancouver is known throughout the world for our steadfast commitment to diversity, equality, and freedom from discrimination and hatred. Vancouver is enriched by that diversity, and being a city where people can live and thrive regardless of their gender. sexuality, birth, or ethnicity.

That kind of openness represents the very best of today’s Canada, and is a key reason why Vancouver is such a desirable place to live.

In contrast, Donald Trump’s hateful positions and commentary remind us all of much darker times in our world’s past — and it is incumbent upon all of us to forcefully challenge hatred M all of the ways that it confronts us.

Trump Meggs Holborn

Donald Trump with Joo Kim Tiah (tower developer Holborn) and Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs

Over 50,000 people have now signed a petition asking that the Trump name be removed from Holborn’s signature new tower on West Georgia Street in Downtown Vancouver, in conjunction with the same call from Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang.

It is their belief, and my belief, that Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world. As Mayor, it is my hope that you and your company will work quickly to remove his brand and all it represents from your building.

I would like to thank you for your consideration and reply.
Gregor Robertson
MAYOR—City of Vancouver

Holborn contributions to Vision Vancouver

One thought on “Mayor (could) return Trump tower developer’s political contributions, to express real conviction

  1. Let me get this straight…

    Vision Vancouver spent $5.6 M winning the last election. Amongst the many developers who contributed to the war chest was Holborn Group, with a generous $137,000, or just under 2.5%. In turn no doubt, Holborn received favorable development consideration from Council and CoV for not just the Trump development, but also Little Mountain redevelopment and others across the City.

    Now some people are suggesting the “right thing to do” is for the Mayor and Vision to return those campaign donations to Holborn ? Huh ? Basically, Holborn gets the benefits of making a political contribution but because their associated with an undesirable individual, they ALSO GET THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS BACK?

    How exactly is that hurting Holborn? They get their cake for free! What message does that convey?

    There is no point in Toderian or the City wasting energy on the Trump building name; it’s done. It’s now up to the citizens and businesses in Vancouver to create a negative financial impact there by not doing business there.

    Want to have a negative impact on Holborn? Figure out how to get the Little Mountain property out of their hands or rescind the relaxed allowances provided and hold them to the original commitments for that site and their contributions to the City and its citizens. Disqualify them for future partnerships with the City.

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