The decision to deport was delayed due to the Broncos case


Calgary — The decision on whether the former truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus accident should be deported to India will probably not come until the New Year.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, a 33-year-old lawyer, sent a large amount of paperwork to the Canada Border Services Agency earlier this year, arguing why he should be allowed to stay in Canada after being sentenced.

Sidhu was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, killing 16 people and injuring 13 in an April 2018 clash.

The court said that a newly-married permanent resident, Sidu, missed a stop sign at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan and drove to a Broncos bus path with players and staff to play in a junior hockey league playoff game. I was told.

The Canada Border Services Agency is to write a report recommending whether he will be allowed to stay in his country of adoption or be deported. The deadline for submission was November 28, but it was delayed by one month.

In an interview with the Canadian press, Calgary’s immigration lawyer Michael Green said, “It’s been a long time since we made our first submission, so they updated our information before making a decision. Gave me the opportunity to update at. “

Mr Green said he didn’t submit much new information, but he wants to be thorough and is requesting some updated corrections.

“Psychologists will visit (Sidhu) again to see if there have been any changes in mental health that could affect his report,” he said.

“I’m sure I submitted a very strong package in the first place, but on the other hand it’s a difficult decision and I don’t want to go back.'”

Page 415 sent to the federal agency contains letters from the Sidhu family, the general public, and three Broncos families, including Scott Thomas, whose 18-year-old son Evan died in the crash.

“I know the fact that (Sidhu) will never drive a cicada again. I know the fact that if he can get back what happened that day, he will be throbbing. He will exchange places with one of those boys, “Thomas said earlier this year.

Mr Green said he was surprised by the positive feedback in the case, especially after his client spoke to several media outlets to tell his story.

“It’s difficult because I think most Canadians felt real pain and pain in their victims, and I thought it would bring a lot of anger, and it’s surprisingly not. “I did,” Green said.

“This never leaves (Sidhu), so he’s fighting his own post-traumatic stress, as many who touched it. He … what from a terrible situation. I am serious about making something positive. “

Chris Joseph, whose son Jackson also died in the crash, is one of the Broncos family who wrote a letter calling for the deportation of Sidhu. He said it was the law and it was there because of the law.

“29 I can understand how a family can feel different ways about him, but in my view the problem of deportation is not forgiving. It’s not how you feel about a person. He’s the only one. I don’t think I made one mistake, “Joseph said.

“If he is deported, I can probably play with the idea of ​​considering forgiveness. But if he is not deported, we will be further hurt, and I will go to that place. I don’t think that’s the case. “

Mr Green said his client did not seek parole and only moved from moderate security to minimal security at the end of August.

In any case, lawyers said Sidhu wouldn’t leave the country anytime soon.

“Even if there are other processes and they decide they want to do it, he won’t fly right away.”

NS Bill Gray Brand

Canadian press