In the "Our principles no longer apply to us" files, we have this for you good readers today:
2006: The Conservative Party makes a promise to the people of Canada in order to improve our democracy: Make all votes in Parliament, except the budget and main estimates, “free votes” for ordinary Members of Parliament.
Source: Page 44 of the 2006 Conservative Party Election Platform (you know, the one Canadians elected them on).
2008: The Conservative Party breaks a promise to the people of Canada in order to keep their firm grip on power:Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is declaring film tax-credit legislation a matter of confidence in the Conservative government, meaning MPs could land on Canadian doorsteps this spring to debate the line between art and pornography.
It seems principles for the Conservatives are something to be used in order to get elected, but not to govern.