Board Orders Deportation for Trucker Who Caused Horrific Humboldt Broncos Crash

Board Orders Deportation for Trucker Who Caused Horrific Humboldt Broncos Crash
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu is taken out of the Kerry Vickar Centre by the RCMP following his sentencing for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Melfort, Sask., on March 22, 2019. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)
The Canadian Press

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 on May 24 at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Calgary for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.

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

Mr. 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.

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

Mr. 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 Mr. Greene went to court to fight it.

In December, the Federal Court dismissed applications from Mr. Greene, who had argued border officials didn’t consider Mr. 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,” Mr. 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.”

Mr. Greene said a pre-removal risk assessment must still be conducted and Mr. 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 Mr. Sidhu deported.