ANPCDA leader Henri Bontenbal is asked about the CDA election manifesto
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 11:54
The CDA wants to get back to basics with the election manifesto. “We have neglected a number of themes and we are putting them back on the map,” said party leader Henri Bontenbal at the presentation of the draft programme. He mentioned, among other things, growing inequality, norms and values and the family.
The title of the program is ‘Doing justice; a hopeful agenda for the whole of the Netherlands’. According to the CDA, three “renewal movements” must be initiated “together with everyone of good will”.
Firstly, there should be fewer rules and more space for citizens. According to the party, greed for regulation “mainly leads to a system of distrust and false security”. In addition, the Netherlands must move towards a culture “of solidarity and a sense of community”, according to the Christian Democrats.
Furthermore, the CDA believes that the focus should shift from “short-term profit to sustainable values”. Companies should want to contribute to the country, rather than just focus on making as much money as possible.
Lelystad and the wolf
The election manifesto contains a few striking concrete points. For example, the party is opposed to the opening of Lelystad airport. According to the CDA, there is no place for the wolf in the Netherlands. That animal must be “expelled”.
Furthermore, the CDA does not want road pricing in rural areas and agriculture and horticulture will receive help from the party. The sector must become more sustainable, but at a pace that the sector “can experience it”.
BBB and NSC
When asked, Bontenbal discussed the election battle with former CDA members Mona Keijzer (number 2 on the BBB list) and Pieter Omtzigt, who has founded his own party NSC. “I would say: always choose the original.”
According to Bontenbal, BBB is not a Christian Democratic party “if you look at which people have already come under their roof”. The CDA leader referred to Lilian Helder of the PVV and Nicky Pouw-Verweij and Derk Jan Eppink of JA21 (previously FvD).
Bontenbal praises competitor Omtzigt for all the abuses he has exposed in the past. “But I think we also need to set a hopeful agenda.”