Quebec's Chief Scientist Denies Dismissing Crypto Concerns

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The remarks appeared in an article made by the Agence Science-Presse – a  news bureau – and were published about the Chief Scientist’s administration site.
The article examines the merit of this widespread assertion made by government leaders, financial institutions and authorities which offenders frequently utilize cryptocurrencies to carry out activities such as money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

On Thursday, many media businesses publishedarticles with headlines quoting Chief Scientist Remi Quirion as stating that “bitcoin isn’t above the law, nor can it be a magnet for illegal transactions.”
The piece concludes that bitcoin “makes up only tiny number of real cash in circulation around the world,” including that the reason behind this is “it is less appealing for anyone wanting to carry out transactions without leaving a trace”

However, “that the Chief Scientist hasn’t said anything,” Quirion’s office told CoinDesk via email.

Published at Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:25:48 +0000

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As the first Chief Scientist of Quebec, Quirion is responsible for advising the Minister of Science Economy and Innovation on the Growth of science and research. He also manages activities related for technology and character, wellness and society and culture.
Titled “Bitcoin over the law? False,” this report is part of the agency’s fact-checking string “Detecteur de rumeurs” and has been produced independently of Quirion’s office.