Stay hydrated door knocking with an official copper vacuum-insulated Manitoba Liberals tumbler to support women-identified MLA candidates.
We believe that riding associations that run training and development programs will be more effective in recruiting candidates – including women – and we want to help create those opportunities. If there is a barrier preventing women from playing a role in the political arena then we need to address it.
That's why we will use funds raised for the Sharon Carstairs Fund to empower and train female candidates and campaigners. The Sharon Carstairs Fund was developed to encourage and support women-identified people to run for public office and remove barriers to make it a reality.
In support of this initiative, the Manitoba Liberals are proud to introduce the official Sharon Carstairs Fund travel mug, featuring a 650ml capacity and copper vacuum insulation to keep your favourite beverages refreshingly cold for 24 hours, and soothingly hot for up to 6. Its stainless steel exterior is condensation-resistant while the powder coating adds extra style points. Complete with an artist rendering of an infamous broach often gracing Sen. Carstairs' lapels, push-on lid and Eastman Tritan™ straw, even Wab Kinew will want to buy one!
About the Sharon Carstairs Fund
Since 1916, when the then-governing Manitoba Liberal Party passed a law to give women the vote, the Manitoba Liberals have zealously advocated for women as voters and as candidates. To carry on this tradition, the Manitoba Liberal Women's Association created the Sharon Carstairs Fund.
On March 8, 2021, the Manitoba Liberals held the first annual fundraiser for the Sharon Carstairs Fund to show how important it is to support women candidates with our time, money, and work. Women comprise half of the population but are less likely to run for office, so our goal as the Manitoba Liberals is to encourage women-identified candidates to run, and remove barriers to their participation.
The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., C.M., Senator made history in 1984 as the first woman in Canada to become lead a political party when she became leader of the Manitoba Liberals, at a time when the party held no seats in the legislature.
Sen. Carstairs was elected for the central Winnipeg district of River Heights in the 1986 provincial election, and for the next two years, was the only Liberal in the Manitoba Legislature. Sen. Carstairs led the Manitoba Liberals' rise from obscurity to form the Official Opposition in the 1988 provincial election, which saw the Manitoba NDP reduced from government to third-party status, largely by drawing many centre-left voters from the NDP. When Sen. Carstairs became leader of the opposition, she also became the first woman to hold such a position in any Canadian legislature. She was subsequently appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1994.
Sen. Carstairs is representative of the strength of women candidates who have stood for the Manitoba Liberals over the years, including party leaders Ginny Hasselfield, Rana Bokhari, interim party leader Judy Klassen, the first woman First Nations leader, and current two-term MLA Cindy Lamoureux
By purchasing an official Manitoba Liberals travel mug, you are empowering a financial base for women to run for provincial office here in Manitoba. Thank you for your support!