Laval man faces expulsion from country over 25 year old drug conviction

A 67-year old man from Laval faces the prospect of being kicked out of Canada and sent to Italy at the end of the month even though he left Italy more than 50 years ago as a 14 year old boy.

Michele Torre's expulsion order stems from a drug trafficking conviction in 1996, and the fact that although he has lived in Canada for 53 years, he has never taken out Canadian citizenship.

Torre, was an associate of the Cotroni crime family and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

In 2016, he was granted a two-year stay of expulsion, but it has expired.

Torre says he's paid his debt to society, led an exemplary life since his conviction, has an ailing wife to care for, has children and grand children in Canada, and no family in Italy except an elderly brother and sister who have health problems of their own.

The Journal de Montreal says Torre has asked for a judicial review of the expulsion order and has appealed directly to Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to intervene.