Frustration grows for B.C. man with terminal illness who hasn’t seen his wife in 2 years

For the last two years, the only contact Trevor Butler has had with his wife Marie has been over the phone.

The couple was separated after she travelled to St. Lucia to visit family. Her immigration status meant she wasn’t allowed to return home.

“She’s frustrated,” Butler said. “She wants to get back here.”

Trevor and Marie were married 12 years ago in the Lower Mainland. They never filed an application for permanent residency. She came to the country legally, initially working as a care aid, but the rules changed while living in Canada.

They didn’t realize it would be an issue until Marie returned to St. Lucia.

While she has been stranded in the Caribbean island nation, Trevor was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. They have been unable to get humanitarian leave to bring Marie home.

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