Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are promising more economic development and jobs through new and existing partnerships in the province’s northern communities.

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Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are promising more economic development and jobs through new and existing partnerships in the province’s northern communities.

Yes! North, new initiative tabled Saturday by the PCs, aims to prioritize the sustainable development of natural resources, including forestry and mining, and creating tourism opportunities to help tackle the 35 per cent unemployment rate – the highest in Canada – in northern Manitoba.

The initiative will focus on partnerships to attract new companies to Manitoba’s northern regions, according to the party.

"We’ve listened and heard the significant challenges we face in the north," said PC Leader Brian Pallister in a prepared statement. "If you care, you care about results. I want a better life for all Manitobans. Working together as partners we can achieve that.

The PCs say they will establish a framework for respectful and productive consultations with Indigenous communities, including all levels of government.

In a statement sent by the NDP Saturday, the party accused Pallister of focusing on tourism because "they are just visiting."

"Brian Pallister and his Conservatives have no real plan for the north," read part of the statement. "The Conservatives have spent years saying no to northern development and key job creators like Manitoba Hydro."

Pallister and his team will spend their Saturday touring the North, hitting The Pas in the morning, Flin Flon in the afternoon and Thompson in the late afternoon.

Pallister has promised to visit 56 of the province's 57 constituencies during the course of campaign.