Lexit Monday, 07/25/11 04:58:25 PM Re: sunspotter post# 6 Post # of 61 ROTFL !!!! Well, having been to the Mount Stephen a few times for some business functions a long time ago. I do know they will rent out some of the facilities to members for business functions. It's unlikely that an existing member would sponsor JF into the fold, he wouldn't make the grade. They are pretty exclusive and the membership is rather allergic to bad press for the "club" from what I was told. He must have managed to con someone into getting him a room for the "big" Al-Dora event. He would have had no trouble in getting the Mount Stephen to host the Larry Smith event, that's a much different scenario. Smith is a high powered business figure in Montreal. Smith is a valuable a political commodity. He's a former Montreal Alouettes football club manager. Smith left the comfort of the appointed Senate to run in the Federal General Election which was held this spring, he lost and the Tories appointed him the same day the Prime Minister appointed cabinet: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/945618--life-of-a-political-rookie-has-its-bumps-for-tories-larry-smith http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/18/josee-verner-larry-smith-appointed-to-senate/ If the Tories were willing to let the boat rock on the 2nd appointment, that should tell you just how important Smith is to them.