Premier Danielle Smith. Get used to it. That appears to be where we’re headed after watching the first official leadership debate Wednesday evening in Alberta’s United Conservative Party race to replace Premier Jason Kenney. There might be seven people on the track but Smith seems to be the only one with a steering wheel — and she’s leading everybody in circles with no off ramp. She is setting the agenda and the rest are eating her dust.

Brian Jean’s byelection win sets the stage for showdown with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

The melodrama that is Alberta politics has just become a street brawl.

And newly elected MLA Brian Jean is bringing his brass knuckles — along with almost five years’ worth of anger and resentment.

For Jean, winning the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche byelection Tuesday night was not a means in itself but a means to an end. Namely, ending the career of Premier Jason Kenney.