|The leader of a Macau Triad has lost his latest bid to remain in Canada. Tong Sang Lai, who’s also known as Lai Tong Sang, has been fighting to stay in B.C. since 2011 when government officials began the process to deport him because of his criminal ties.|
In August 2013, an Immigration and Refugee Board found Lai inadmissible to Canada. Lai then appealed the IRB ruling to the Federal Court of Canada, which concluded last March that “the record before the Immigration Division shows abundant evidence that Triads in Macau were engaged in a number of activities that any civilized country would find to be illegal and indictable; including cold-blooded murder in public, extortion, assault, and more.”
Lai then took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal, which upheld the earlier rulings.
Tong Sang Lai
|Lai, now 60, came to Canada on a permanent resident visa on Oct. 20, 1996 with his wife and children arriving shortly afterwards. Within a year, his Vancouver house had been targeted in a drive-by shooting and politicians were asking how a notorious gangster managed to get a visa to live in Canada. Immigration officials explained that a mistake was made at the time as no background check was done when Lai applied through the Canadian consulate in L.A.|
The deportation hearing finally took place in February 2013 with sensational evidence from police wiretaps about a $1 million contract on Lai’s head and a Macau gang war that had spilled over into Vancouver.