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Board orders deportation of trucker responsible for horrific Humboldt Broncos crash – DiscoverEstevan.com

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The truck driver who caused the terrible bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team was ordered to be deported to India on Friday.

At a hearing of Jaskirat Singh Sidhu before the Immigration and Refugees Committee, the decision was announced in a 15-minute virtual hearing.

“I cannot take humanitarian and compassionate factors into account,” Trent Cook of the committee's immigration division, which oversaw the hearing, told Sidhu.

“My only task today is to determine whether the Minister has established the facts to support his allegation that you should not be brought to justice for a serious crime.

“I am convinced that the minister’s report is well-founded.

“I am legally obligated to issue you a deportation order.”

Reporters were given online access to the hearing, with key participants, including Sidhu, visible on screen.

Sidhu remained unmoved as the decision was read out.

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

Sidhu is from India and came to Canada in 2014.

In 2018, the Calgary-based novice truck driver sped through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team's bus at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask.

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

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

Greene said further legal and procedural steps still need to be taken and Sidhu could potentially face months or even years of deportation.

Greene said he would soon submit a request to the government asking it to restore Sidhu's permanent resident status on humanitarian grounds.

He said immigration officials would examine Sidhu's offense and remorse and determine whether he posed a security risk or a danger to the public.

“They also consider other factors, including the person's residency in Canada, are there family ties, the welfare of the child involved and any hardship that would arise if deported,” Greene said.

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

“It's been a tough road for her and the child needs a lot of medical care,” Greene said.

Several family members of those killed in the crash have said they are calling for Sidhu to be deported.

However, Scott Thomas, whose 18-year-old son Evan was killed, said he has forgiven Sidhu. Thomas argued that Sidhu should be allowed to stay in Canada.

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

“This is not a death sentence, as some people would like to portray it. He has simply lost the privilege of staying in this country,” Joseph said in an interview.

“We cannot begin to heal as long as we see (Sidhu's) face all over the media and hear the different opinions from people who have nothing to do with the matter. It should be about the victims and their families.”

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

“Logan never got a chance, let alone a second chance,” she said in a statement.

“If Sidhu truly wanted to show remorse and do the right and honorable thing, he would have left Canada years ago.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2024.