10/18/2015 09:31 EDT | Updated 10/18/2016 01:12 EDT

Harper harkens back to why he entered politics in final pitch before election

NEWMARKET, Ont. — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper began the penultimate day of the election campaign warning of what he said would be a future filled with tax hikes if the Liberals win Monday's vote.

Kicking off the day in Newmarket, Ont., Harper gave a stump speech Sunday that touched on why he entered politics more than 20 years ago.

"Don't let the rhetoric obscure the real choice here. This is a very, very basic difference and the choice between a Conservative government and a Liberal government," Harper said.

"In fact, this is one of the main reasons Laureen and I got into running for public office in the first place. We were tired of politicians increasing taxes on working, middle-class families, on seniors planning their retirement on entrepreneurs struggling to build a business, with all that money going to bureaucracy and special interests, just like frankly we see today with the Liberal government of Ontario."

Harper did not once mention the NDP as he spoke before the partisan crowd at a facility that makes paint for hockey ice.

"Voting Conservative means this — no money, no money comes out of your pocket of middle-class Canadians, no money comes out to pay for the tax hikes and the deficits of the Liberal party," he said, standing in front of a Canadian flag and a banner that read, "Stanley Cup Final."

"As I told you at the outset, the choice of a Liberal government is a very different path, and we need to be very clear about the economic risks Canadians take if the Liberals are elected tomorrow."

Harper was later scheduled to swing through Regina and Abbotsford, B.C.

The Canadian Press

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