Maybe Tim Hudak doesn't think it's "corporate welfare" when Stephen Harper does it
SCARBOROUGH, ON, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Tim Hudak's campaign stumbled for a second time in two days as he visited a Scarborough success-story that is a poster child for the kind of government funding partnerships Hudak has promised to end and dismissed as "corporate welfare".
Less than four months ago, Automatic Coating Limited received $50,000 from FedDev Ontario for the expansion of its manufacturing line - the grant leveraged a total investment of $403,000.
Company President Brad Bramford praised the partnership:
"The changes we have made in the plant have set the foundation for the next 10 years and allow us to focus on the pipe line coating industry as well as naval and manufacturing. Automatic Coating Limited's automated pipe coating equipment will be a game changer in the industry. The automated girth weld system will provide state-of-the-art, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly ways of coating pipeline. We appreciate FedDev Ontario's support of Ontario manufacturing. It is helping us to bring innovation to Canada and the global marketplace."
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So did Federal Conservative Minister Gary Goodyear
"Our Government's investment in SMART Prosperity Now is a step forward in helping manufacturers in southern Ontario to improve productivity and reach global markets. I am pleased to see innovative companies like Automatic Coating Limited make the most of these opportunities."
Hudak's stumble comes just one day after Hudak refused to admit he planned to cancel the Ontario Music Fund in front of one of the fund's biggest promoters who was hosting his campaign event. The Music industry CEO publicly rejected Hudak's plan to cancel business partnerships when he learned of Hudak's plans.
Image with caption: "Minister Goodyear visiting Automatic Coating Limited. (CNW Group/Ontario Liberal Party)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140506_C6847_PHOTO_EN_40037.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Liberal Party
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