Semi-driver in Humboldt Broncos crash faces deportation

According to a well-known policy analyst, it is likely Jaskirat Singh Sidhu will be deported after serving his sentence in Canada.


Sidhu was the man behind the wheel of the Semi truck that roared through a stop sign without braking, causing the Humboldt Broncos team bus to slam into it and resulting in a horrific crash that shook the nation. Sixteen lives were claimed in that crash, including that of the coach, physiotherapist and many players from the Bronco’s hockey team. An additional thirteen people were seriously injured, some of whom will never walk again.

In January, Sidhu, 30, pleaded guilty to sixteen counts of dangerous driving causing death as well as 13 counts of dangerous driving causing injury. The Crown prosecutor advocated for a 10-year prison sentence during a hearing today in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Sidhu had begun working for Calgary-based Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. just three weeks before the fatal crash.

Under federal law, a permanent resident convicted of a crime that carries a maximum sentence of at least ten years will be deported. Since Sidhu is a permanent resident and not a Canadian citizen, it seems very likely that he will be sent back to his birth-place of India after serving a prison sentence in Canada.

Sindu could appeal the deportation order should he receives a sentence of less than six months, but given the impact of the crime, and the uproar such a sentence would probably receive, it is extremely unlikely that a sentence of less than six months will be handed down.

 

A decision is expected to be made by Judge Inez Cardinalon March 22 in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

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