The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Gilbert Rioux

Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Grant of Arms
September 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 58

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Azure three orbs in bend between two bendlets Or;



Historically, orbs symbolize temporal power. Here, they represent part of the motto of Marc-André Rioux Ltée, a business founded by Mr. Rioux’s father. They are also a reference to New France and to Seigneur Jean Riou, the family’s earliest ancestor in Canada.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 18, 2006, in Volume 140, page 3688 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of François Payeur and Claire Boudreau, Saint-Laurent Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Eva Pilar-Cass

Doris Wionzek

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