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City councillor wants Donald Trump's name removed from Toronto's Trump Tower
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:27AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 8, 2015 4:03PM EST
A local city councillor wants to see Donald Trump’s name taken off of Trump Tower in Toronto.
Ward 22 Coun. Josh Matlow told CP24 that in light of Trump's recent call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Toronto should disassociate itself from the Trump brand altogether.
“He is one of the leading contenders to become president of the United States and over the past while, he has not only compared Mexicans to rapists and criminals but more recently, he has made a public policy proposal that all Muslims should be banned from immigration to the United States," Matlow told CP24 Tuesday afternoon.
"We live in the most diverse and multicultural city in the world, or at least one of them, and I just think now that we know who Donald Trump is and we know what kind of policies he is proposing, it is time for us to disassociate ourselves but ultimately it will be up to the owners of the building to make their choice."
I believe the owners of Toronto's Trump Tower should change its name. Toronto is a diverse & respectful city. Donald Trump is a fascist.— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 8, 2015
I'm writing to the owners of the Trump Tower today to make this request.— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 8, 2015
A statement released by public relations consultants representing Trump Tower in Toronto made it clear that the Trump organization does not own the hotel.
"Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto® is owned by Talon International Development Inc., a privately-held real estate development company based in Toronto, Canada, and other hotel investors and residential condominium owners," the statement read.
"The Trump Organization is the operator of the Hotel, not the owner. Donald Trump’s opinions as a private citizen in no way reflect the position of the company’s views or those of its other investors and owners."
The spokesperson did not address Matlow's request to remove Trump's name from the Bay Street building.
Trump's policy proposal has sparked widespread condemnation from many world leaders and rival Republican candidates.
British Prime Minister David Cameron called the suggestion “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted that Trump is "unhinged."
Matlow is certainly not the only municipal leader speaking out about Trump.
The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida was the subject of considerable online chatter after his declaration on social media.
“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted.
I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.— Rick Kriseman (@Kriseman) December 8, 2015
-With files from The Associated Press