“The Minimum Wage Expert Panel report is now publicly available.

“The panel did excellent work, and I would like to thank panel members for their efforts.

“The report’s public release responds to requests from several individuals and organizations.

“While the panel’s analysis is well done and valuable in a historical context, it must be considered in light of current economic conditions in our province.

“Contrary to the Opposition’s claims, Alberta’s government has no plans to change the current minimum wage structure or introduce a separate liquor server minimum wage.

“My biggest takeaway from the panel report is that making large, unexpected changes to minimum wages can actually hurt employment. These changes require significant consultation and deliberation.

“Maintaining the current minimum wage gives employees and employers predictability and stability during a time of economic growth and labour shortages.

“I encourage all those interested to read the report.”