The truck driver involved in a deadly 2018 crash with a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team in Canada has been ordered to leave the country.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, originally from India, was given eight years in prison for dangerous driving but was released on parole last year. The crash killed 16 people and injured 13 others.

Sidhu’s lawyer, Michael Greene, told the BBC they plan to fight the deportation order. Since Sidhu is not a Canadian citizen, the decision was expected. Sidhu, who moved to Canada in 2013, is a permanent resident convicted of a serious crime.

His lawyer will argue for him to stay in Canada on compassionate grounds, emphasizing Sidhu’s deep remorse and the hardship deportation would cause his family.

Sidhu’s wife and young son, both Canadian citizens, would struggle to move to India due to the child’s serious medical needs.

Some families of the crash victims support Sidhu’s deportation, while others have forgiven him. Ryan Straschnitzki, a survivor, holds no negative feelings towards Sidhu and wishes the best for him.

Sidhu’s appeal could take two to three years, and it’s uncertain if he can stay in Canada during this time.

Credit to BBC for the information.

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