Driver behind Humboldt Broncos crash ordered deported to India

The lorry driver behind a 2018 fatal crash with a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team has been ordered deported from Canada.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who is originally from India, was released on full parole last year after being sentenced to eight years in prison for dangerous driving.

Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when the lorry collided with the hockey team bus on a rural road in Saskatchewan.

Sidhu's lawyer told the BBC that he plans to fight the deportation order.

Lawyer Michael Greene said the order, which came on Friday morning at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Calgary, was not a surprise as Sidhu is not a citizen of Canada.

Sidhu grew up on a farm in India and moved to Canada in 2013.

"He is a permanent resident who has been convicted of a serious offence," Mr Greene said.

But he said he will fight to keep Sidhu in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

"He couldn't be more remorseful," the lawyer said. "He is still plagued by this every day of his life."

Ten players on the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team, aged between 16 and 21, died when their team bus collided with the semi-trailer that Sidhu was driving.

Support staff and the team's head and assistant coaches were also among those killed.

A number of players survived the crash but were left with life-altering injuries.

In 2019, Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 of causing injury.

It was found that he had ran through a stop sign before colliding with the bus.

Some families of the victims have called for Sidhu to be deported.

In a statement to CTV News in Calgary on Friday, Toby Boulet, whose son Logan died in the crash, said he and his wife were "thankful for the decision" to deport Sidhu.

Others, however, have said that they have forgiven Sidhu.