Sou’wester Article: March 6, 2017

Sou’wester Article: March 6, 2017

Sarah Guillemard, MLA for Fort Richmond

Sou’wester article: March 6, 2017

 

Look north, invest in the north

Many can relate to positions of influence, but the most successful people also understand the responsibility that comes with leadership.

Our Manitoba government takes this responsibility seriously as we work to fix our province’s finances, repair our services and rebuild our economy. We are carving a new path and taking an approach that’s different from what has been done in the past, making sure to consult Manitobans broadly and listen to those who want to be a part of the successful plan.

A vivid carpet of purple fireweed blankets large areas in northern Manitoba. Lorne Heshka

A vivid carpet of purple fireweed blankets large areas in northern Manitoba. Lorne Heshka

One step on this new path is our Look North Strategy, which was announced on Feb. 21 in Winnipeg and Thompson. The strategy includes a website, www.looknorthmb.ca, that has information on building businesses in northern Manitoba. We are encouraging businesses and investors from outside the province’s north to consider investing in this region’s unlimited potential by developing entrepreneurial opportunities, opening businesses, expanding existing expertise or building partnerships leading to job creation and economic development.

We are also asking Manitobans to share their vision and appreciation for the north through social media by submitting short videos or photographs, or in writing, and by using the hashtag #looknorthmb.

As part of the Look North initiative, there are plans to hold three Northern Economic Summits in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill in the first week of April, as well as other community roundtables throughout the province to discuss northern growth and development. In addition, Travel Manitoba will lead a tourism strategy to examine opportunities across the northern region, which offers unique cultural and immersive experiences such as remote fly-in fishing as well as our province’s widely known polar bears, northern lights and beluga whales. Our government is committed to bringing new ideas, investment and prosperity to northern Manitoba.

Our government is confident that we are making the right decisions for Manitobans, and that we are on a course to make Manitoba the most improved province in all of Canada by 2020.