Canada Prince Hall Freemasonry Recognition Timeline 1991-2003

1990-03-17 at the All-Canada Conference of Grand and District Grand Lodges in Winnipeg, the subject of recognition of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction, received lengthy and serious attention, with Canadian consensus targeted for the 1992 Conference.

1991.06 M.W. Bro. Auclair of the GLQC reported "that the dialogue between the GLQC and the MWPHGLON&J has continued with three meetings held during the past years. Our discussions are both frank and productive but held in a most warm and friendly manner and both sides look forward to the future with optimism."

1991.07.23 Ken Aldridge letter GLQC to UGLE regarding anti-PHA visit ban. Letter also mentions 3 years of dialogue with PHGLON&J and plans to complete recognition in 1992.

1991.08.13 the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction offered to accord fraternal recognition to any Canadian Grand Lodge wishing to establish reciprocal fraternal recognition. [Not found in GLCPO Proceedings]

1992.03.21 the Conference of Grand and District Grand Lodges of Canada unanimously recommended the acceptance of Prince Hall Affiliation Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges.

1992.05.04 the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick recognized for visitation purposes the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario.

1992.06.04 the Grand Lodge of Quebec recognized for visitation purposes the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario.

1992.06.5-7 GLNS (p.20, No. XII) "... that the GM of GLNS act expediciously and Masonically to extend ... Brotherly Love and Fraternal Friendship to Prince Hall Freemasonry ... submit a progress report ... June 1993".

1992.06.13 the Grand Lodge of Alberta endorsed the Winnipeg Recommendation to "accept all PHA Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of PHA Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges".

1992.06.16 the Grand Lodge of Manitoba "accepted all PHA Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of PHA Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges". This was not interpreted as implying visitation.

1992.06.20 the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island "accepted all PHA Grand Lodges as approved by the Conference of PHA Grand Lodges as being regular Masonic Grand Lodges". This was interpreted as recognition for visitation purposes. (And GLPE was included in UGLE's anti-PHA visit ban.)

1992.07.15 Grand Master M.W. Bro. Norman E. Byrne, expressed his hope "that adjectives such as `clandestine' and `irregular' will no longer be used in reference to Prince Hall and that this experiment in brotherhood will display in action those expressions in words with which you are all familiar."

1992.07.15 Grand Historian R.W. Bro. Wallace McLeod informed us that "in 1898 the Grand Lodge of Washington recognized the regular descent of Prince Hall Masonry. ... Again, in 1947 the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts concluded that the development of Prince Hall Freemasonry was regular and legitimate. ... It appears that the real reason that Prince Hall Masonry is called irregular is not what we are told. ... the important first step is simply to acknowledge the legitimacy of Prince Hall Masons as Masons, to cease hostilities, and to stop screaming `irregular' every time Prince Hall is mentioned. ... This is a serious matter that demands our attention, and we might do well to think about it."

1992.07.15 The GLCPO Report of the Special Committee on Prince Hall Masonry reported: "The Conference asked that this resolution should be taken back to each GL for endorsement. ... background of [PHA Masonry] is not irregular enough to merit its automatic exclusion. ... none of the arguments adduced for the "irregularity" of Prince Hall Masonry is valid."

1992.07.15 The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario (GLCPO) adopted a resolution that "acknowledges the legitimacy of origin of the Masonic Grand Lodges of the Prince Hall Affiliation. (specifically those that are approved by the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Lodges), and wishes to go on record as recognizing the contribution that Prince Hall Masons have made to the quality of life in the world at large, and particularly in this country. (This resolution refers only to historical matters, and does not authorize intervisitation.) It is recommended further that this Grand Lodge continue to pursue a maintenance of this relationship."

1993.06.4-5 GLNS (p.16, No. II) "the GLNS considers [all PHA GL's] as being regular Masonic GL's" (i.e. verbatim endorsement of 1992 All Canada Accord)

1994.06.3-4 GLNS (p.M-9, No. Motion from the Floor) "work with PHGLON&J to arrive at mutual visitation rights" ... AMENDED to: "establish mutual fraternal recognition with PHGLON&J for purposes of intervisitation"

1994.07.20 M.W. Bro. C. Edwin Drew, in his Grand Master's address, in a paragraph headed "Clarification" regarding Prince Hall Freemasonry recognition said: "The universality of Masonry is one of the great strengths of our Order. A segregated situation is abhorrent to our sensibilities and is not envisaged in our jurisdiction." (That appears to be the only published statement from a GLCPO leader on Prince Hall Freemasonry between 1992 and 2003.)

1994.10.29 the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut requested recognition from the GLCPO. [Not found in GLCPO Proceedings]

1995.06 the Grand Lodge of Manitoba recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut.

1995.06 the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut.

1996.06.7-8 GLNS (p.90) "mutual recognition and visitation rights to PHCT"

1996.06 the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Washington and Connecticut.

1996.11.07 the Grand Lodge of Scotland recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. At this point all lodges in Newfoundland and Labrador had some form of Prince Hall recognition.

1997 the Grand Lodge of Alberta recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut. At this point all lodges in Canada, with the exception of the GLCPO lodges, had PHA Fraternal Relations.

1997.10.22 The only meeting between GLCPO and MWPHGLON&J. [Not found in GLCPO Proceedings]

1997.11.01 the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador was established, from the 28 UGLE DGL lodges and 3 (of the 16) GLoS DGL lodges, with help from GLCPO. Those lodges lost their PHA recognition. The remaining GLoS DGL lodges in Newfoundland and Labrador do have PHA recognition. With two Grand Jurisdictions in the Province, GLNL has a Jurisdiction Section in its Constitution that is identical to Ontario's, which also has two!

2000.03.08 UGLE lifts its 1991 anti-PHA visiting ban (from NB, NS, PE, QC.)

2001.06 the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island extends full formal recognition to PHMA and PHCT.

2001.06 the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario. At this point 5 Canadian GL's have Fraternal Relations with the PHGLON&J, despite the GLCPO's non-recognition.

2001.10.13 all Australian GL's have a policy of permitting any PHA Mason in good standing to visit, regardless of whether his GL has been recognized.

2002.08.10 the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario voted to recognize the Grand Lodge of Arizona. The GLAZ had previously voted to recognize all PHA GL's in North America that are recognized by their counterpart.

2003.02 the GM of the GLON says, in a published interview: "It is interesting to note that Prince Hall Freemasonry existed for some two hundred years before this subject became an issue. Prince Hall Freemasonry in Ontario and jurisdiction (includes Quebec, I am told) comprises some 250 to 300 members. We in Ontario enjoy a totally integrated, multicultural jurisdiction. The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario acknowledges the legitimacy of Prince Hall Freemasonry and I personally would not want to enter into any negotiation that might tend to give the perception of encouraging segregation."

2003.07.16 the GLON Committee on Fraternal Relations reported: "In considering these requests [for recognition] your committee looks at three important criteria: 1. Legitimacy of Origin, 2. Exclusive territorial Jurisdiction or territory shared by treaty, 3. Adherence to the Ancient Landmarks. Using these standards, information received from the Grand Lodges and reports from the Commission on Information for Recognition of the Conference of the Grand Masters of Masons in North America, we are pleased to recommend recognition be extended to ..."

In 2004 the Grand Lodge of Scotland, (including in NL) the Grand Lodge of Ireland, and the United Grand Lodge of England, (the "Premier Grand Lodge of the World"), all have PHA recognitions. "Mainstream" lodges welcome PHA visitors in every Canadian Province except Ontario, and in every U.S. State North of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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