Lorry driver in fatal Canada crash ordered deported

A truck driver who was killed by a bus carrying a youth hockey team in 2018 has been ordered deported from Canada. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu from India was paroled last year after eight years in prison for dangerous driving. In Saskatchewan, 16 people were killed and 13 injured when a truck crashed into a hockey team bus on a Saskatchewan road. Sidhu’s lawyer told the BBC he plans to fight the deportation order. Lawyer Michael Greene said the order, made Friday morning during a hearing by the Immigration and Refugee Board in Calgary, was not surprising because Sidhu is not a Canadian citizen. Sidhu grew up on a farm in India and moved to Canada in 2013. “He is a permanent resident who has been convicted of a crime,” Greene said. But he said he would fight to keep Sidhu in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. “He couldn’t be more contrite,” said the lawyer. “It still bothers him every day.” Ten Humboldt Broncos hockey players between the ages of 16 and 21 were killed when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer driven by Sidhu. The dead included support staff and the head and assistant trainers of the equipment. Several players survived the crash but suffered life-changing injuries. In 2019, Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of causing injury. He was found to have run a stop sign before hitting the bus. Some victims’ families demanded Sidhu’s deportation. Toby Boulet, whose son Logan was killed in the crash, told CTV News in Calgary on Friday that he was “grateful for the decision” to deport Sidhu. However, others said they had forgiven Sidhu. Ryan Straschenitzki, one of the hockey players who survived the crash, told CTV News on Friday that he has no hard feelings toward Sidhu. “It’s out of my hands, it’s not really my responsibility, but obviously you want the best for somebody and the best for the person,” he said. Greene said Sidhu’s humane and compassionate plea is focused on allowing him to remain in Canada with his wife and one-year-old son, both of whom are Canadian citizens. If Sidhu were to be deported, his wife and son would probably not be able to follow him to India, as the child requires intensive treatment for serious heart and lung ailments. It could take two or three years to get a final decision on Sidhu’s appeal, and it is unclear whether he can remain in Canada while his application is processed. “It depends on how aggressive the (Canadian) government wants to be in removing him or if they want to let him stay if that happens,” Mr. Greene said..

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