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GALLERY: Donald Trump, Rob Ford and more VIPs at the opening of the Trump Tower

The new Trump International Hotel and Tower is over the top—naturally, so was the opening. Rob and Doug Ford (along with Rob’s wife Renata, who made a rare public appearance with her husband), Blue Jay J.P. Arencibia and Maple Leaf John-Michael Liles were all on hand to watch Donald Trump and his kids Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. cut the ribbon on the tower (using gold-plated scissors brought in on silver trays by scantily-clad models, of course). Technically, the 65-storey luxury behemoth at Bay and Adelaide opened its doors in January, but, hey, everyone loves a ceremony, especially when it involves The Donald entering in a procession of Toronto police officers and bagpipes.

Arencibia and Liles each gave Trump a jersey to take home, emblazoned with his last name and the number 1. Trump returned the Toronto love, even saying that Ford—always controversial among the locals—has a “spectacular” reputation around the world. Still, in spite of the hoopla, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the luxury hotel and condo has had a few hiccups, namely, falling glass and angry investors looking to back out condo deals. Needless to say, the Toronto Star, which faithfully kept tabs on the development and its many shortcomings, was not invited to the party.

Check out all the photos from the ribbon cutting »

  • John

    Likw really..who cares?

  • impeachford

    you’re fired!

  • sneederbee

    multimillion dollar cubicles with $3000 /month condo fees. Yeah this article really applies to all of us.
    who the f#$% cares.

  • BG011

    This hotel/condo looks like it’s off to a rough start. 3 months after the soft opening, the entire management staff has quit. There was a posting for a GM a few weeks ago. How can you not have a proper GM in a establishment that size?

    Then again it is Donald, so I can’t expect him to be as professional as The Ritz, Four Seasons, Le Germain, Shangri-La, the list goes on.

  • TM

    @BG011: The GM is Mikael Damelincourt, who has not quit. Good intel, though.

  • stella

    Trump would like Ford both have egos the size of their heads fat and overstated and full of themselves. No one outside of TO knows who Ford is so that is a lie. Even the Missisauga mayor McCallion is more well known that Ford in the US.

  • Constance

    Well done you all continue to inspire me. Family, success, achievement,love and strength. You teach us all truly how we should all be enjoying this lifetime.
    Love you all Constance Wade