The vair is borrowed from the arms of the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is the birthplace of Mr. Emerson’s father, and alludes to his Irish heritage. The blue and white colours also refer to the colours of the flag of Scotland, the birthplace of his mother. The tulips are chosen to remember his honeymoon in the Netherlands and the family garden ever since. The fleur-de-lis and maple leaves allude to French and Canadian heritage.
The beaver is a symbol of Canada, and more particularly represents the Canadian Pacific Railway that has employed both him and his father. The red cross is borrowed from the flag of the province of Ulster and alludes to his Irish heritage. The provincial flowers of Ontario and Quebec represent the birthplaces of his three children.
This motto emphasizes the importance of remembering Irish, Scottish, and Canadian heritage for Mr. Emerson, and the French heritage of his wife.