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Broncos of Humboldt: a decision which relieves some relatives of the victims | Tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos

A federal judge on Thursday rejected an attempt to avoid deportation of the driver behind the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu. (Archive photo)


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In Saskatchewan, the decision of a federal judge to reject the attempt to avoid the deportation of the driver involved in the Humboldt Broncos accident relieves some relatives of the victims.

In April 2018, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu caused an accident when he failed to stop at an intersection along a highway in Saskatchewan.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The truck he was driving collided with the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.

Toby Boulet, the father of Logan Boulet, one of the victims of the accident, believes that the decision taken Thursday by the federal judge represents a relief for many families who lost their children in this accident.

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Mr. Boulet specifies that he and his wife live daily with the stress of encountering the driver responsible for the death of their son.

We have no bad feelings towards [Jaskirat Singh Sidhu]. It's just that we never want to see him again, he says. We want him to leave and leaving means expulsion in this case. That's all.

The lawyer representing some of the parents who lost their children in this tragedy, Kevin Mellor, for his part supports that this is a completely rational decision.

You cannot be a permanent resident and not respect the laws, specifies Mr. Mellor.

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A memorial installed to those lost and injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. (File photo)

The father of Evan Thomas, another of the victims of this tragedy, claims to have forgiven the driver. Scott Thomas campaigned for him to stay in Canada.

He's in a prison in his mind for the rest of his life, says Scott Thomas. whether here or in India, I think he will suffer from his actions and their consequences until the end of his days.

According to the federal judge who rendered the decision, Paul Crampton, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu has the possibility of seeking permanent resident status in Canada on humanitarian grounds even in the event of deportation. He could cite, for example, risks to his security in India.

However, lawyer Andrew Mason believes that Jaskirat Singh's chance of success Sidhu to stay in Canada without humanitarian grounds is non-existent.

There is no choice for officials, they must make such an order. The minister can change that, if there are humanitarian considerations that require him to stay in Canada, says Mr. Mason.

D 'According to the lawyer, the process could extend over a period of at least a year and during this period, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu could be subject to deportation pending the conclusion of his affair.

However, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu's lawyer, Michael Greene, is convinced that there are other possibilities allowing his client to remain in Canada.

[Jaskirat Singh Sidhu's family] was hoping for a different outcome, but it was not the case. The situation is what it is. They will therefore move forward and this is not the end, he indicates.

D' According to the lawyer, Mr. Singh Sidhu has a 9-month-old son with “significant medical needs”, which could justify avoiding his deportation.

I hope there will be compassion. I think Canadians are compassionate and forgiving, and we hope that will work in our favor, he adds.

With information Bryanna Frankel, Pier-Olivier Nadeau and Dayne Patterson

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