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Old 13 October 2009, 12:54 AM
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Comment: I HEARD on the radio once that Canadian Thanksgiving exists only
because Prince Albert (or Alfred or Edward) was given a clean bill of
health (no syphillis). I've not been able to dig up anything concrete on
the matter, but like I said, I heard it on radio channel that bills itself
as news/talk.

Is there any truth to the non-syphillised prince/Candaian Thanksgiving
connection?
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Old 13 October 2009, 01:02 AM
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I heard it on radio channel that bills itself as news/talk.
That's strike 1, right there.
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Old 13 October 2009, 01:06 AM
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Is there any truth to the non-syphillised prince/Candaian Thanksgiving
connection?
I have no idea, but I'm definitely working "non-syphillised prince/Canadian Thanksgiving connection" into conversation this evening.
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Old 13 October 2009, 01:08 AM
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The first thanksgiving after confederation was because of the recovery of the Prince of Wales (I don't think from syphilis, though), but AFAIK the current celebration isn't related to it other than by having the same name.
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I HEARD on the radio once that Canadian Thanksgiving exists only
because Prince Albert (or Alfred or Edward) was given a clean bill of
health (no syphillis).
I HEARD that Prince Alfred actually did have syphillis. But I guess if you are going to include all the fathers and the brothers and the uncles and the grandsons and...well every male member of the British royal family during the reign of Queen Victoria then at least one of them wouldn't have had syphillis .
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Old 13 October 2009, 01:26 AM
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According to Wikki;

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The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. Frobisher's Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)

Various other sources agree, and that's what I learned in school, many, many decades ago.
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