Opposition Leader Brian Pallister today promised that a Progressive Conservative government would launch Yes North, an initiative to promote strategic economic development and tourism in Manitoba’s northern communities as a direct result of Northern Lights, the two-year consultation process carried out by the PC Caucus.
“We have been engaging people in their communities, speaking with industry and entrepreneurs, mayors and chiefs, and listening to hundreds of people who live, work and play in Manitoba’s North,” said Pallister. “We’ve heard of severe social and economic disparity, as well as incredible, unrealized potential for economic and community growth. Yes North will play a vital role in realizing that potential.”
Yes North will adopt a model similar to the approach used by Economic Development Winnipeg to attract new companies, assist entrepreneurs and facilitate expansion of existing businesses to provide quality jobs and a stronger economy in the North, which has a 32 per cent unemployment rate - among the country’s highest.
Pallister indicated that a Progressive Conservative government would form partnerships to increase investment in tourism and aggressively market all the unique opportunities in our northern communities.
“Manitoba is very much behind other provincial governments in tourism investment,” added Pallister. “We believe strategic investment is the key to seize opportunities, and the way to explore that is by working with and listening to stakeholders.”