Jason Kenney squares off with Danielle Smith for the soul of Alberta’s United Conservative Party

Premier Jason Kenney has entered the United Conservative Party race to replace him as leader.

Not as a candidate — but as a meddler.

Kenney didn’t so much dive as belly-flop into the race this week, with an awkward attack on a proposal from perceived frontrunner Danielle Smith. She is championing a controversial “Alberta Sovereignty Act” that she says would allow her, as premier, to ignore federal laws deemed to be un-Albertan.