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Ramon John Hnatyshyn

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Supporters
January 16, 1990
Vol. I, p. 70

Arms of Ramon John Hnatyshyn

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess Bleu Céleste and Or in chief a lion passant guardant Or royally crowned proper holding in its dexter paw a maple leaf Gules fimbriated Or in base a lion passant guardant Bleu Céleste holding in its dexter paw a heart Gules;

Crest

A demi lion Gules charged on each shoulder with a maple leaf Argent holding in its dexter forepaw scales of justice Or;

Supporters

Dexter a white tailed deer per fess Bleu Céleste and Or armed and gorged with a collar all Or pendant therefrom a bezant charged with a representation of the badge of the House of Commons of Canada proper, sinister a bull per fess Bleu Céleste and Or gorged with a collar Vert fimbriated Argent pendant therefrom a prairie lily flower proper charged with the Tryzub of the Ukraine Blue Céleste the whole set upon a compartment party per pale of trees of the boreal forest Vert and a wheat field Or rising above barry wavy Azure and Argent;

Motto

MODERATIO IN OMNIBUS. This Latin phrase means "Moderation in all things".


Symbolism

Arms

The sky blue and gold colours are taken from the ancient arms of Ukraine, where Mr. Hnatyshyn’s family originates. The viceregal lion alludes to Mr. Hnatyshyn’s service as governor general of Canada. The blue lion holding a heart is inspired by the arms of Denmark, where Mrs. Hnatyshyn’s father was born.

Crest

The red lion is taken from the arms of Saskatchewan, Mr. Hnatyshyn’s home province. It wears a silver maple leaf on each shoulder, though only one is visible, representing his two sons. The scales of justice symbolize Mr. Hnatyshyn’s profession as a lawyer.

Supporters

The deer comes from the arms of Saskatchewan; hanging from its collar is the badge of the House of Commons of Canada, of which Mr. Hnatyshyn was a member for 14 years. The bull is one of the oldest emblems of Bukovina, the Ukrainian province where Mr. Hnatyshyn’s family is from. Hanging from the bull’s collar is an emblem linking Saskatchewan and Ukraine: the prairie lily, Saskatchewan’s provincial flower, surmounted by the Ukrainian trident, a symbol of the Ukrainian people for a thousand years. The mount in base symbolizes the forests and wheat fields of Saskatchewan, while the waves symbolize the South Saskatchewan River.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Moderation in all things.”