Mr. Chairman, just a few words in reply to those various questions.
The hon. member for York-Humber (Mr. Cowan) described in great detail the cases which were submitted to him. He will surely understand that I am not in a position to discuss those cases as he did this afternoon, because I have just been acquainted with them. In any event, I will surely look into what happened to ascertain whether our policy is really lacking.
As for the hon. member for York South (Mr. Lewis), I believe he is right in theory. Independent immigrants who have asked to come to Canada should have at least the same rights that tourists enjoy in Canada. Indeed, it is the tourists in Canada who have exceptional privileges. I do feel it is practically impossible to grant the right of appeal in the case of all direct applications that can be made.
But, in any case, the point system inaugurated last year is not sacred. It is still under study because we want to find out how it can influence immigration or what discrimination can result therefrom. Of course, suggestions made to us will be studied seriously and we will see to it that it is improved, if need be. In any case, it is a system which, in my opinion, has improved considerably our immigration policy, particularly with regard to sponsored immigrants. Moreover, it is a system which rests in part on discretionary power. It is difficult not to have discretionary power and, when a point system is applied, it can become too rigid. It is a matter of finding out if, in practice, the system works as well as it should.
That is all I want to say for the time being, Mr. Chairman.