In November 1896, Clifford Sifton was announced as the Minister of the Interior. When he was announced as the Minister of the Interior, he also announced an "open-door" policy for immigrants to the prairies. As a result of this policy, a largely diverse group of immigrants settled in the prairie region. These new groups of immigrants included Ukrainians, Austrians, Russians, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, and many other groups. This made the west the most diverse area of Canada. Since the British made up one-third of the population of the west, the open-door policy came with some controversy. With the welcoming all the new immigrants, some Canadians were not comfortable as their customs differed greatly.