Speaking at her annual leader's dinner in the city on Thursday night, Smith admitted the Wildrose "haven't been on the same page as many Edmontonians about the issues that mattered most to them."
She said that hurt the party at the ballot box; none of the party's 17 seats are in Edmonton.
Smith identified the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alberta and the public education system as defining institutions in the city.
She also remarked on health research that has been done in Edmonton, particularly the Edmonton Protocol for treating certain types of Type 1 diabetes.
Smith also took aim at the government of Premier Alison Redford for a $42 million cut to Persons With Developmental Disabilities programs.
Smith said the government put the brakes on the cuts only after a massive backlash.
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