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Tim Hudak decries 'corporate welfare' at factory that receives government grants

For the second day in a row, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak campaigned at a small business in southern Ontario on the benefits of corporate tax cuts over government grants.

Hudak promotes cutting corporate tax rate over 'handouts'

A look at what the party leaders were up to on the campaign trail today. 3:58

For the second day in a row, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak campaigned at a small business in southern Ontario on the benefits of corporate tax cuts over government grants.

On his second day of intensive campaign, PC leader Tim Hudak tours Scarborough's Automatic Coating Limited, a liquid and powder coating factory serving North America. (CBC)

His message on this day of the campaign is that "corporate welfare" — government handouts to small businesses — were less effective than lower corporate taxes. The Tories say they'd kill the Liberals' plan to provide $2.5-billion in grants to companies to attract new jobs and instead would lower corporate taxes to help all businesses.

But, again for the second day in a row, the small business he chose to tour was a beneficiary of the Liberal government's grants.

On Monday, Hudak toured MetalWorks, a music studio that used government money to support its operations. On Tuesday, the small factory in suburban Toronto, Automatic Coating Ltd., also accepted government grants to expand.

Hudak said it's only natural for companies to take government cash when it's on offer because their taxes are so high, saying they're just getting some of their own money back.

The Conservative campaign acknowledges Hudak has been campaigning to companies that benefited from government funding, and claims that's the only way those businesses can get ahead under the Liberal government.

Hudak says he'd cut taxes, make energy rates more affordable and bring down government debt to make the province a more attractive place for companies to invest and expand.

With files from The Canadian Press