Edwin and Alison Morris, and their eight children, could be on the verge of getting the vehicle they've waited two years to drive.
It was announced in early September that SGI would take responsibility for inspecting the 10-person Lampman-area family's custom-made vehicle, which is a modified pick-up truck and SUV. It had been parked at the North Portal border crossing for about two years, and the family was on the cusp of losing the vehicle for good.
The Morris clan purchased the vehicle in Canada and had it modified in Oklahoma. When the family tried to bring it home, they were stopped at the Canada-U.S. border, because vehicles modified outside Canada had to be recertified in this country, which isn't an easy process.
Federal government officials had assured the Morris family that there wouldn't be an issue.
But once SGI said they would take responsibility, the Morris family's hurdles were largely cleared.
The modified vehicle was retrieved from North Portal on September 5, and taken to Regina for an inspection that wrapped up on September 10.
“There are a few minor things to take care of, and then we'll get the vehicle,” said Alison Morris.
Those tasks include cosmetic problems because the vehicle was sitting for two years.
“It's the best-inspected vehicle in the province,” she said.
Morris conceded that the vehicle's issues have caused stress on the family. It's not as bad as an illness, but the family wasn't able to travel together.
“Possibly losing all our money was a huge concern, but now it looks like it's all going to work out,” she said.
According to Green Party Leader Victor Lau, who publicly backed the Morris family earlier this summer, Premier Brad Wall went to bat for the Morris family to help them get their vehicle back.
Alison said she wasn't privy to the conversations, but she said that Wall spoke with federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to find an adequate solution on both sides.
Alison said their first trip in the vehicle will likely be to church. And they're looking forward to taking a family vacation together in the vehicle.