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Michel Picard

Montreal, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
August 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 303

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Blazon

Arms

Gules on a bend wavy Or between two arquebuses Argent, three houses Sable;

Crest

A dragon statant Or;

Motto

PAR RESPECT D'AUTRUI;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

A dragon Sable surmounting two arquebuses in saltire Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The wavy band recalls the Atlantic Ocean that Mr. Picard’s ancestors crossed to settle in New France. The three houses on the wavy band are a reference to the family name “Des Trois-Maisons” (“Of three houses”), which was the name borne by Mr. Picard’s ancestors. The arquebuses refer to the metal casting trade of his ancestors who manufactured barrels for arquebuses.

Crest

The dragon highlights Mr. Picard’s interest in martial arts. That mythical animal holds a place of importance in the oriental bestiary and is often associated with martial arts.

Motto

Meaning “Out of respect for others”.

Flag

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Badge

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 686 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Eric Messier, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Eva Pilar-Cass

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Individual