As MPs get ready for their summer vacations, CBC's At Issue panel has given Parliament its report card.
HuffPost Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief Althia Raj joined regular panellists Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson to discuss the Parliamentary session that was.
They debated the best and worst political plays of the year, the most underreported story and the most overrated and underrated politicians. They also did their best to name mystery political figures from just their photos — with mixed success.
Watch the video above to see all the answers and check out report cards for prominent rookie MPs in the slideshow below.
Rookie MP Report Cards
What a difference a year can make.<br><br> With the Class of 2011 celebrating its first anniversary, here's a look at some of the rookies who made an impression and what it might mean for their futures on Parliament Hill.<br><br> <em>With files from CBC and CP</em> (CP)
Joe Oliver - Natural Resources Minister
This graduate of Harvard's business school and former investment banker defeated longtime Liberal MP Joe Volpe in what pundits had called "the battle of the Joes" in a key riding in central Toronto. Oliver, who turns 72 this month, was rewarded with a seat at the cabinet table and has been a high-profile minister over the last year, particularly on the Keystone XL pipeline issue. He will continue to be front and centre over the coming months as the government implements a major overhaul of the environmental assessment process. The Tories call it responsible resource development but critics call it disastrous and Oliver's going to have to fend off a lot of attacks in the coming months.<br><br>(CP)
Ruth Ellen Brosseau - NDP MP
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/22/ndp-ellen-brosseau-rookie-mp_n_1443515.html" target="_hplink">Spend a day with rookie NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau and witness the degree to which someone's life can change in 12 months</a>.<br><br> It was a year ago this week that Brosseau was making regular phone calls home from Las Vegas, where she was celebrating her 27th birthday under the bright lights of Sin City.<br><br> Those calls brought news that turned her life upside down.<br><br> "Of course being a mom, I called home all the time and spoke to my son and my family," Brosseau told The Canadian Press in an interview.<br><br> "They were kind of like: 'There's, um, stuff going on here, you're kind of in the news a bit for going on your trip.' "<br><br> Brosseau, then a campus-bar manager in Ottawa, was hit with a stunner. Her name and photo were splashed all over the national news during Canada's ongoing federal election campaign, during which she emerged as a poster child for the NDP's improbable Quebec surge.<br><br> Little did she know that roughly one year later, she would be spending a busy day in a rural Quebec riding -- a place to which she had no personal connection -- discussing pyrite, float planes, federal summer jobs and an art exhibition with local constituents.<br><br> Brosseau appears to have grown into her new job and, given the French lessons she's been taking, original claims about her lack of proficiency in the language now appear exaggerated. Brosseau, 28, insists she learned French as a child, but it was rusty and she didn't have the confidence to express herself comfortably last spring.<br><br> In a twist, the rumours about her struggles with French are now working in her favour -- many locals still believe she was a unilingual anglophone just a year ago.<br><br> Several people remarked last week about how impressed they were with her progress, with some crediting her quick mastery of the language for winning them over.<br><br> (CP)
Chris Alexander - Conservative MP
His resumé preceded him. Alexander was known when he arrived on Parliament Hill as Canada's former ambassador to Afghanistan and it didn't come as a big surprise when he was named a parliamentary secretary. He assists National Defence Minister Peter MacKay and is a regular on the MP panel circuit on political talk shows, often defending the government on the F-35 fighter jet file. Given the auditor general's recent report on the planes, Alexander, 43, will continue to be a familiar face -- and unlike the CF-18s, he's not due to retire any time soon.<br><br>(Handout)
Michelle Rempel - Conservative MP
The Calgary MP started getting noticed in December when Environment Minister Peter Kent was away in South Africa at the United Nations conference on climate change. As his parliamentary secretary, Rempel was left to defend the government's record on the environment. The 32-year-old impressed Parliament Hill watchers with her confidence and ability to think on her feet without relying on talking points like some of her older, more experienced colleagues.<br><br>(Handout)
Elizabeth May - Green Party MP And Leader
May made history last year when she became the first Green MP to win a seat in the House of Commons. That seat is in the very back corner of the chamber, but she's finally there nonetheless. Because she's a lone MP she doesn't have party standing, but she's still been able to wield some influence over what goes on in the Commons. She denied unanimous consent, for example, on the motion to extend Canada's mission in Libya. As the Conservatives move forward with their environmental law policy overhaul, May will continue to be a feisty voice on the Hill.<br><br>(CP)
Nycole Turmel - NDP MP, Former Interim Leader
When Jack Layton announced last July he was stepping down to focus on treatment of a new cancer diagnosis and said he wanted Quebec MP Nycole Turmel to fill in as leader, many asked, Nycole who? She wasn't a familiar face on Parliament Hill, but the former union leader ended up leading a caucus that was filled with rookies like her, as the party transitioned to its new status as Official Opposition and also mourned the death of Layton in August. Turmel served as interim leader until March 24 when Tom Mulcair was elected and she now has a new role as the NDP's whip. Turmel, came out of retirement from her union job to enter politics last year, will be in her early 70s when the next election comes around in 2015, and may want to retire from public life for good then.<br><br>(CP)
Ted Hsu - Liberal MP
He didn't let his party down and kept Kingston and the Islands in Liberal hands after Peter Milliken, the longtime MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, retired. With the government's announcement that it plans to close Kingston Penitentiary, a major employer in his riding, Hsu could become more vocal on the Hill over the coming months.<br><br>(Handout)
Romeo Saganash And Robert Chisholm - NDP MPs
New to Parliament but not new to the world of politics, both men threw their hats in the ring when the NDP leadership race kicked off last September, and both ended up withdrawing before it was over. They've both been given new critic roles by Mulcair, Saganash as international development critic and Chisholm, a Nova Scotia MP, in the fisheries portfolio. Chisholm pulled out of the leadership race because he wasn't learning French fast enough and Saganash because he wasn't raising enough money. The race helped their public profiles, however, and the experience could serve them well if they were ever to try again.<br><br>(CP)
Alexandre Boulerice - NDP MP
The Quebec MP started making an impression early on when he and Charlie Angus were tag-teaming in question period on Tony Clement and his role in the G8 and G20 spending. Boulerice had no trouble displaying his indignation and he'll continue to be on his feet in the House as Mulcair's new labour critic.<br><br>(Handout)