I cannot do much more ' than repeat what I said in March last when a certain question was debated in the house, and supplement the remarks I made on July 15 last, when I first presented my estimates. At the present time the naturalization proceedings follow their usual course as set out in the statute, but when reports of any judge come up, the case is subject to review by the minister. He has discretionary power under section 4 of the act to grant or to refuse a certificate. In practice we have a conference with the officials of the department. We have decided that persons who are of enemy origin or extraction, such as Germans or Italians, shall not be naturalized and we do not naturalize them. We do not issue certificates of naturalization to enemy aliens. As regards all other persons who have made out clear cases, if it is found, after further investigation in the department and by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, that they are not connected with, or come within the orbit of people associated with the enemies of the empire, we look into the merits of each and every case and, if they are of reasonably good character, issue certificates.
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