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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Lionel Cardinal

Longueuil, Quebec
Grant of Arms, with differences to Yves Cardinal and Guy Cardinal
February 15, 2010
Vol. V, p. 495

Arms of Lionel Cardinal

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Azure a lion rampant crowned with a coronet of fleurs-de-lis and maple leaves, in dexter chief an antique lamp enflamed Or;


Issuant from a circlet of olive sprigs Vert a dove wings elevated and addorsed Argent beaked Or holding in its beak a heart Argent;





The colour blue and the gold lion allude to the arms of the Le Roux family from the Poitou region of France, where Mr. Cardinal’s ancestors originated. François Leroux dit Cardinal, an ancestor of Mr. Cardinal’s, arrived in New France as a soldier with the Régiment de Carignan-Salières. The crown of fleurs-de-lis and maple leaves represent Canada and Quebec, Mr. Cardinal’s home country and province. The oil lamp is a symbol of the nursing profession, which Mr. Cardinal practised for over thirty years.


The dove and the crown of olive branches represent Mr. Cardinal’s faith and spirituality. He has been a member of the Third Order of the Dominicans since 1965 and preaches love and charity towards others. The heart is another symbol associated with the nursing profession.


Meaning “Love and charity”, this motto has been used by Mr. Cardinal for many years.