From the things I read about what was happening, I thought he was toast and the Cons would pick someone that would woo back the people who defected to the Wildrose Alliance. But Stelmach appears to be staying.
The charismatic, telegenic, Danielle Smith will appeal to plenty of Albertans and split the vote that would normally go to the Conservatives. Maybe it will be enough to allow another party to make serious inroads. Or maybe we're witnessing the advent of the next Alberta political dynasty.