Account Login/Registration

Access KamloopsBCNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.


Facebook


OR


Register

Privacy Policy

UPDATE: Board orders deportation for trucker in horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash

(UPDATE: May 24 at 12:49 pm): The truck driver who caused the horrific bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was ordered Friday to be deported to India.

An Immigration and Refugee Board hearing for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu announced its decision in a 15-minute virtual hearing.

"I can't consider humanitarian and compassionate factors,” Trent Cook from the immigration division of the board, who oversaw the hearing, told Sidhu.

“My sole role today is to make a finding on whether the minister has established the facts that support their allegation that you're inadmissible for serious criminality.

"I am satisfied that the minister's report is well founded.

“I am required by law to issue you with a deportation order."

Reporters were given online access to the hearing. Key participants, including Sidhu, were shown on the screen.

Sidhu remained impassive as the decision was read.

<who> Photo credit: Canadian Press </who> Jaskirat Singh Sidhu in 2019.

His lawyer, Michael Greene, had said the decision was a foregone conclusion, as all that was required to deport Sidhu was proof he's not a Canadian citizen and he had committed a serious crime.

Sidhu is from India and arrived in Canada in 2014.

in 2018, the rookie truck driver, living in Calgary, barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team's bus at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask.

Sixteen people on the bus were killed and 13 were injured.

Sidhu pleaded guilty to dangerous driving offences and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was granted full parole last year.

Greene said there are more legal and procedural steps to follow and Sidhu may not be deported for months or even years.

Greene said he plans to soon file an application asking the government to return Sidhu's permanent resident status on humanitarian grounds.

He said immigration officials would look at the Sidhu's offence, his remorse, and whether he is a security risk or a danger to the public.

"They also look at other factors including the person's establishment in Canada. Are there family ties? The best interests of any child involved, and any hardship that would occur were he to be removed," Greene said.

Sidhu and his wife now have a child who was born in Canada, Greene said. The child has severe heart and lung complications.

“It's been a rough ride for them and that child requires a lot of medical attention,” Greene said.

Several family members of those killed in the crash have said they want Sidhu deported.

However, Scott Thomas, whose 18-year-old son, Evan, was killed, has said he has forgiven Sidhu. Thomas advocated for Sidhu to stay in Canada.

Chris Joseph, whose 20-year-old son, Jaxon, was killed, called the deportation ruling a relief.

"This is not a death sentence that some people want to make it out to be. He's simply just lost the privilege to stay in this country,” Joseph said in an interview.

“We can't begin to heal, as long as we keep seeing (Sidhu's) face everywhere in the media and hearing the different opinions from people who have no skin in the game. This should be about the victims and their families."

Shauna Nordstrom, whose 18-year-old son was killed, said deportation would see justice served.

"Logan was never given a chance, let alone a second chance," she said in a statement.

"If Sidhu wanted to be truly remorseful and do the right, honourable thing, he would have left Canada years ago."


(UPDATE: May 24 at 9:39 am): The truck driver who caused the horrific bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has been ordered to be deported.

The decision came Friday at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Calgary for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.

Sidhu’s lawyer had said the decision was a foregone conclusion, as all that's required to deport Sidhu is proof that he's not a Canadian citizen and he committed a serious crime.

Sidhu is from India and has permanent resident status in Canada.

The rookie truck driver from Calgary barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team's bus at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask., in 2018.

Sixteen people on the bus were killed and 13 were injured.

Sidhu pleaded guilty to dangerous driving offences and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was granted full parole last year.

Sidhu's lawyer, Michael Greene, said there are still numerous other legal procedures to come, and the deportation process could take months or years.

Two years ago, the Canada Border Services Agency recommended deportation, and Greene went to court to fight it.

In December, the Federal Court dismissed applications from Greene, who had argued border officials didn't consider Sidhu's previously clean criminal record and remorse. He wanted the court to order the border agency to conduct a second review.

"This is part of the sadness of the whole process. We're left with a situation where permanent residents have no rights whatsoever to have their personal circumstances considered," Greene said.

"Our only mechanism is (that) after he's ordered deported, we're going to ask them to give back his (permanent resident) status (based) on humanitarian grounds.

"But in the meantime, he has no status."

Greene said a pre-removal risk assessment must still be conducted and Sidhu can also ask for a deferral while his request for permanent resident status is considered.

Several family members of those killed in the crash have said they want Sidhu deported.


(Original story: May 24 at 5:15 am): The truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash is scheduled to learn Friday whether he will be deported to India.

A lawyer for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu says he expects the hearing in front of federal immigration officials to be short, as the rules are clear with little flexibility.

"It's pretty open and shut,” Michael Greene said in an interview.

"There's nothing to contest, so those are as clear as day. These hearings are usually done lickety-split.”

Sidhu, a rookie truck driver from Calgary, barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team's bus at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask., in 2018.

Sixteen people on the bus were killed and 13 were injured.

Sidhu pleaded guilty to dangerous driving offences and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

He was granted full parole last year.

A criminal conviction that carries a sentence of more than six months makes a permanent resident ineligible to remain in the country. Sidhu landed in Canada as a permanent resident in 2014.

Two years ago, the Canada Border Services Agency recommended deportation, and Greene went to court to fight it.

In December, the Federal Court dismissed applications from Greene, who had argued border officials didn't consider Sidhu's previously clean criminal record and remorse. He wanted the court to order the border agency to conduct a second review.

"This is part of the sadness of the whole process. We're left with a situation where permanent residents have no rights whatsoever to have their personal circumstances considered," Greene said.

"Our only mechanism is (that) after he's ordered deported, we're going to ask them to give back his (permanent resident) status (based) on humanitarian grounds.

"But in the meantime, he has no status."

Greene said Sidhu won't immediately be taken into custody after the hearing is over.

He said a pre-removal risk assessment has to be conducted and Sidhu can also ask for a deferral while his request for permanent resident status is considered.

The process, Greene said, could take months or years.

Several family members of those killed in the crash have said they want Sidhu deported.



Send your comments, news tips, typos, letter to the editor, photos and videos to [email protected].




weather-icon
Mon
25℃

weather-icon
Tue
25℃

weather-icon
Wed
23℃

weather-icon
Thu
18℃

weather-icon
Fri
24℃

weather-icon
Sat
27℃
current feed webcam icon

Top Stories

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Linkedin
Follow Our Newsletter
Privacy Policy