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Alexander became overwhelmed by the loss of funding from Russia that added to the financial chaos he had inherited, including a debt of $100,000 from Abp. Evdokim. After attempts to raise money locally failed, Bishop Alexander began to resort to mortgaging Church property. This only aggravated the problems. His financial problems also provided cause for his enemies, particularly Fr. John Kedrovsky and the dissident priests supporting him who were attempting to usurp control of the diocese in line with the Bolshevik manifesto. Alexander's lack of understanding of economic and financial matters only aggravated the situation. Additionally, the element of factionalism began to grow in Canada where the immigrants began to split into Russian and Ukrainian factions. Alexander took a strong nationalistic position and did not support his administrator Archimandrite Adam in pursuing the idea of an Ukrainian administration as had been done for Albanians and Serbians. As a result the problem remained, eventually to result in a separate Ukrainian Orthodox
In 1921, Alexander participated along with Platon in the [[ROCOR]] synod in Karlovtsy, Serbia, where he was confirmed as the primate of the Russian Metropolia in North America.