CDA mayor concerned for Catholics

12th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Catholic members of the Christian democrat CDA should make their voice heard and the Protestants in the party should make sure the composition of the new cabinet reflects a balance of the two groups.

12 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Catholic members of the Christian democrat CDA should make their voice heard and the Protestants in the party should make sure the composition of the new cabinet reflects a balance of the two groups.

Over the past years the Protestant minority in the party has been over-represented in politics. They have “looked out for themselves more than the Catholics.”

Catholic mayor Ton Rombouts said this on Sunday. The former chairman of the CDA nomination committee called on Jan Peter Balkenende and “especially party chairperson” Marja van Bijsterveldt (both strict Reformed Protestants) to keep an eye on the balance between the two groups in putting together the next team of ministers.

The mayor said that Catholics from Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Friesland and Overijssel must also see their interests reflected in the cabinet. “Otherwise others are going to have to explain to them why they should be voting for the CDA,” he said, in anticipation of the elections for the Provincial States next month.

Rombouts acknowledged that Catholics were themselves partly to blame for their subordinate position in the party. They have “just sat by to see how things would turn out, after all.” The Protestants take matters more seriously, are always there, but also stand up for things, he said.

[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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