09/21/2011 11:37 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Energy emerges in Manitoba NDP election campaign

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba New Democrats are promising to lure more energy jobs to the province.

Leader Greg Selinger says his party would establish a $30-million energy jobs fund to encourage companies to come to Manitoba.

He says the fund would provide low-interest loans to companies manufacturing parts for hydro dams, electrical transmission and alternative energy.

The party is also promising to spend $5 million a year on training hydro workers, with a special focus on aboriginal communities.

Selinger says a healthy energy sector would mean thousands of Manitobans would have well-paying jobs.

Manitoba voters go to the polls Oct. 4.