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Bro. Rt. Hon. John George Diefenbaker (1895 – 1979) was the sixth Prime Minister of Canada who was a Mason. He was Initiated in Wakaw Lodge #166, Saskatchewan, on September 11 1922, affiliated with Kinistino Lodge #1 at Prince Albert, B.C. on May 7 1926, becoming a life member in 1959.

Bro. Diefenbaker was a Shriner and was coronetted a 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason at Windsor, Ontario on September 9 1959. He was an active Mason, and in July 1975, he was unanimously elected Imperial Potentate of the new Tunis Temple in Ottawa, and was also honorary Grand Master of Canadian DeMolay.

Bro. Diefenbaker was  Prime Minister of Canada from 1957 – 1963. Also, in 1957 he was named to the Queen’s Imperial Privy Council. In April 1976 he received from the Queen the insignia of membership in the exclusive, “Companions of Honour” order, which is limited to the sovereign and only 65 members.

Following his death in 1979, a Canada Post stamp was issued in honour of our former Prime Minister and Brother.

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