Ottawa (Canada), December 16, 2023: Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, an Indian-origin truck driver who caused the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash, has lost his bid in Canada to avoid deportation to India, according to CBC News.
A judge denied the truck driver’s applications after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving charges on Thursday. Sidhu’s application to remain in Canada was denied. The accident killed 16 people and injured 13 more.
Sidhu was sentenced to eight years in prison and had only been employed for a month prior to the crash. The collision happened on April 6, 2018, near Armley, Saskatchewan, at the intersection of Saskatchewan Highway 35 and Saskatchewan Highway 335.
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According to CBC News, Sidhu, a newly married permanent resident, blew through a stop sign at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Saskatchewan, and drove into the path of a junior hockey team bus on its way to a playoff game.
Sidhu was granted parole earlier this year, and the Canada Border Services Agency had recommended his deportation.
Sidhu’s lawyer, Michael Greene, argued in September before the Federal Court that border officials ignored Sidhu’s previously clean criminal record and remorse.
Greene also requested that the agency conduct a second review of the case and reverse the decision.
“The facts on which Sidhu’s applications to this court were based were devastating for everyone involved.” Many lives were lost, others were shattered, and many hopes and dreams were dashed,” wrote Chief Justice Paul Crampton in his decision.
“Unfortunately, nothing this court decides can change much of those truly tragic consequences,” he went on to say.
Crampton stated that border officials were fair in their assessment and addressed Sidhu’s record as well as his “extraordinary degree of genuine, heart-wrenching remorse,” according to CBC News.
“The officer’s decision was appropriately justified, transparent and intelligible,” Crampton said in a statement. “It also reflected an internally coherent and rational chain of analysis and meaningfully engaged with the key issues raised by Sidhu.”
According to CBC News, the Chief Justice stated that Sidhu now faces deportation to India after years of hard work establishing a life with his wife in Canada.
He did, however, add that Sidhu could still request to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.