Many people see it as incongruent that you can be a member of the NDP and be involved in business," Sihota told Business in Vancouver between bites of salad while sitting at a corner booth in a Cactus Club restaurant.
"It's something that, both politically and personally, we struggle with, but it's never struck me as incongruent."
His hotel does not even have unionized workers. They turned down a certification vote, Sihota believes, because he pays them well and has fostered a corporate culture that's positive enough that there was no demand for a union.
"Unions tend to do well when employers don't treat their people well, and we don't have that problem," he said.