If the hon. member (Mr. Clarke) would state that he understood that a number of Italians had been allowed to come in and would ask me as to -whether that was the fact or not,
I would have to tell the bon. gentleman that I did not know, that I would have to look into it. because as it had never been brought to my attention, I would not be able to say. The hon. gentleman will understand that it is absolutely impossible for any minister to read all the newspapers in the country and every article which they contain, and to know whether such a case as this happened or not. There may be no truth in that statement. I have seen statements in the papers which were wholly manufactured, that were without foundation in fact, or that were exaggerated. If the matter had*been called to my attention, I would at once have had an investigation made m order to see if a remedy could not be ap-
plied. As to the future, though I cannot agree with every criticism that is addressed to the department over which I preside I think hon. members will do me the justice to acknowledge that when suggestions have been made out of which I could derive any benefit in the administration of the department, I have never hesitated to adopt these suggestions, and it was because of the fact that I have been very much impressed with the necessity of a stricter enforcement of the exclusion clauses and a stricter exercise of the powers of exclusion in certain cases that this Bill has been brought before the House. I purpose talcing the greatest possible care and it shall be my endeavour to protect the country from the effects of undesirable immigration in the sense in which I have expressed it under the provisions of this Bill, and also under the provisions of the statute as it stands at the present time.