Contrary to recent media reports, the Chief Scientist of Quebec has not downplayed concerns about the illicit use of cryptocurrencies, his office said.
But "the Chief Scientist has never said such a thing," Quirion's office told CoinDesk via email.
The comments appeared in an article produced by the Agence Science-Presse – a non-profit news agency – and were published on the Chief Scientist's government website.
Titled "Bitcoin above the law? False," the article is part of the agency's fact-checking series "Detecteur de rumeurs" and was produced independently of Quirion's office.
The piece concludes that bitcoin "makes up only tiny amount of criminal money in circulation around the world," adding that the reason for this is "it is less attractive for those wishing to carry out transactions without leaving a trace."
As Quebec's first Chief Scientist, Quirion is responsible for advising the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation on the development of research and science. He also manages activities related to the Quebec Research Funds for nature and technologies, health and society and culture.
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