The good, the bad and the ugly of the last session of Parliament

·Politics Reporter

On Thursday, the Tories wrapped up what some are a calling "a bruising spring sitting of Parliament."

These were definitely a rambunctious few months in Ottawa, climaxing with the 24-hour marathon debate on Bill C-38, the Conservatives' 425-page omnibus budget legislation that amends 60 different acts, repeals a half dozen others and adds three more.

As MPs head home for their extended summer breaks, Yahoo! Canada News takes a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the past session.

The good - Bills, bills, bills:

No one can accuse the Stephen Harper government of being lazy.

In addition to Bill C-38, the government successfully passed bills C-11, Copyright Modernization; C-23, Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement; S-5, Foreign Ownership of Financial Institutions; C-25, Pooled Registered Pension Plans; C-26, Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act; C-31, Immigration and Refugee Reform; S-4, Railway Safety Act Amendments; C-19, elimination of the Long Gun Registry; C-18, elimination of the Wheat Board; C-10, omnibus crime bill; and C-20, Increasing Seats in the House of Commons.

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The Tories say they not only had a productive parliamentary session, but also created a stable economy in a world of financial chaos.

"While many parts of the world face political paralysis and economic turmoil, our government has made sure that decisions are made and that action is taken," Conservative House leader Peter Van Loan said outside the House of Commons on Thursday.

In other words: 'it's about the economy, stupid.'

The bad - Misbehaving MPs:

Several Conservative MPs stumbled and fumbled their way through this parliamentary session. At the top of the list is none other than Defence Minister Peter MacKay who endured several scandals — most notably the F-35 procurement fiasco.

Bev Oda was another MP who made headlines this spring.

The international cooperation minister came under fire from critics over a lavish stay at a London hotel last year during a conference that reportedly included a $16 glass of orange juice and about $1,000 per day on limousines.

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Then there's Dean Dal Mastro, the prime minister's parliamentary secretary, who is currently under investigation for allegedly overspending on the 2008 federal election campaign by personally paying $21,000 to an Ottawa company to contact voters and get out the vote on election day.

Many analysts are predicting a summer cabinet shuffle — don't be surprised to see MacKay, Oda and Dal Mastro shuffled out.

MP misjudgment was not just limited to the Conservative benches during this past session.

The loose lips of NDP MP Pat Martin got him into trouble for his vocal criticism of the robocalls scandal. Now he finds himself the subject of a $5 million lawsuit that won't go away, no matter how many times he apologizes.

The ugly - More childish behaviour:

Shortly after the the 2011 election, opposition leader Jack Layton said he wanted some more decorum in the House.

"We are prepared to have a tone of debate and discussion that is respectful, that recognizes that Canadians wanted to see some change," said Layton.

"Vigorous debate? Yes. But not insults and attacks."

Unfortunately, the tone of debate in this session indicates Layton's vision is nowhere close to becoming reality.

The most recent example of childish behaviour came last week when Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver rose on a point of privilege to say he had found it "utterly unacceptable" when two Liberal MPs allegedly "directed Nazi salutes" toward the Prime Minister when he stood to vote during the marathon omnibus budget session last week.

According to the National Post, the accusation resulted in a House of Commons yelling match between the government and the opposition.

MPs are scheduled to return to the playground — to Parliament — on Sept. 17.

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