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多伦多将探讨是否允许公民用加密币支付账单

本周三,加拿大多伦多市议员Norm Kelly和Chin Lee将向该市执行委员会(Executive Committee)提议准许市民使用加密币纳税、支付公用设施账单(如公用事业费、停车罚单、市政土地转让税),并于2018年第二季度反馈给市政厅。

两名议员称,作为一个一直走在科技创新前沿的世界级大都市,多伦多应该率先探索使用加密货币的可能性。

不过,并非每个人都接受这个提议。680 NEWS的商业版编辑Richard Southern认为,多伦多不会这么做,对于市政府而言作出未来几年的预算预期很重要,像比特币这么容易波动的货币,普及毫无意义。

他说,零售商们也不会接受,你即使说得再天花乱坠也不能用加密货币买咖啡,因为第二天可能一文不值。

数字货币用于日常生活并非新闻了。爱沙尼亚、迪拜等国家都已经开始探索或使用相关货币或技术。一些专家说,关键就是要有一个合适的数字支付策略才行。

多伦多大学罗特曼管理学院金融学副教授Andreas Park说,如果加拿大人不再用政府背书的加元了,那将是一件非常重大的事。

 

 

Councillor Norm Kelly says he wants City of Toronto staff to look into the possibility of allowing residents to pay for municipal taxes, utilities and tickets using cryptocurrency.

“The more I thought about the city of Toronto – one of the premier cities of the world, a city that not only welcomes innovation but promotes it – what better way to look at it in more detail…(and) ask the city hall financial guys to see how City Hall can get involved in it,” he said.

“It could be a cheaper, less expensive way to pay bills … You can buy things. You can do all the things that we do right now with money … but this time it’s digital.”

elly said his interest around cryptocurrency piqued after reading headlines involving Bitcoin.

“There was always some reference, every day, to either Bitcoin or cryptocurrency,” he said.

“So I began to discuss it in a very general way with my followers … and their input came from all sorts of directions.”

Kelly admitted he’s not an expert on cryptocurrency. But he said the more people learn about it, the more it can become a benefit.

“I’d rather be ahead of the curve than behind it,” Kelly said.

“Let’s embrace it, let’s explore it and let’s hopefully have everyone profit by it.”

Kelly’s motion will be considered by city council in January. The motion asks for staff to report back by the middle of the year.


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