Ontario Prince Hall Freemasonry Recognition Summary: 1991-2003

In 1991 the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction offered reciprocal fraternal recognition for inter-visitation to all Canadian Grand Lodges.

In March 1992 the Conference of Grand and District Grand Masters of Canada "unanimously recommended the acceptance of Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Masters as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges." (There were 45 PHA Grand Lodges with about 225,000 regular Brethren.) Those Grand Masters agreed to present this resolution to their own Grand Lodges for endorsement.

The Grand Lodges of QC, AB, MB, NS, PE did endorse the same resolution promptly and verbatim, accepting all Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) Grand Lodges as regular. By June 1992, the Grand Lodges of NB, QC, NS and PE had either visitation recognition, or a commitment to work towards Fraternal Friendship with PHA. In July 1992 the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario adopted a resolution to "acknowledge the legitimacy of origin of the Masonic Grand Lodges of the Prince Hall Affiliation ..."

In 1994 the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) (the "Premier Grand Lodge of the World") found that "the philosophy and practice of Prince Hall Masonry today are of exemplary regularity."

By 1996, every Lodge in Canada had Prince Hall Recognition, except for the lodges of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.

Between 1994 and 2003, the leaders of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario administration have opposed intervisitation with PHA Masonry with arguments about skin colour and segregation, and have characterized intervisitation as "abhorrent"! (The GLCPO leaders have never hesitated to maintain fraternal relations with white Grand Lodges in the US, which openly and explicitly excluded blacks.)

In 1997 some of the lodges in Newfoundland and Labrador repudiated their PHA recognitions when, assisted by leaders of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, they formed the new Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador.

By 2001, the GLNB GLQC GLPE GLNS GLBC and all 6 Australian Grand Lodges had fraternal relations with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario, despite the fact that it was not recognized by the GLCPO.

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