Clifford Sifton, who was elected as Minister of the Interior, had a goal to populate the newly instated prairies. He came up with the open-door policy to help lure potential immigrants from European countries such as Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Not only did the open-door policy attract European immigrants but it drew Canadians to the prairies as well. All the immigrants go mad the west one of the most diverse areas in Canada. Along with diversity came controversy. Some Canadians were concerned because their needs and customs differed so greatly from the newly immigrated Europeans.