I hate corporate welfare. And I hate preachy millionaires. If you're like me, what I’m about to tell you will drive you crazy.
New Freedom of Information documents reveal the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Revenant, received a $5 million grant from the Alberta government in 2014. This happened through the Alberta Media Fund administered by Alberta Tourism.
The blockbuster movie that was shot in part in Alberta, took a taxpayer funded grant for 25% of its production costs in Alberta. The Revenant grossed $530 million worldwide and won three Oscars. I don’t think it needed the help of Alberta taxpayers.
What burns more than the corporate welfare is the insult to injury. The Alberta government gave a whopping handout to a production starring such an ungrateful anti-Alberta kook? DiCaprio thought a chinook, the warm winds that blow over the mountains in the winter in Alberta, was climate change. Leo’s Oscar acceptance speech was a small town preacher man tent revival of the Church of Climate Change.
Leonardo DiCaprio has no problem coming to Alberta, enjoying our vast beauty, endless nature and taking our money. That money is generated by our economic activity in oil and gas, both through our taxes and royalties. From the safety of smoggy Hollywood, Leo is accusing us of crimes against the planet. Leo is ok with our subsidy, just not how we earned the money to hand over to him.
I bet Leo never thinks about how hard you have to work for your money when he's on his private jet or yacht.
Photo Credit: The Revenant