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Canada PM Trudeau's wife criticized for wanting extra staff

FILE - In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau listens to President Barack Obama toast her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a State Dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trudeau's wife is being attacked by opposition parties and on social media for wanting extra staff to help manage her official duties. Trudeau spokesman Olivier Duchesneau said Monday, May 16, 2016, that Gregoire receives an extraordinarily high volume of correspondence and invitations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau listens to President Barack Obama toast her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a State Dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trudeau's wife is being attacked by opposition parties and on social media for wanting extra staff to help manage her official duties. Trudeau spokesman Olivier Duchesneau said Monday, May 16, 2016, that Gregoire receives an extraordinarily high volume of correspondence and invitations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)  (The Associated Press)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife is being attacked by opposition parties and on social media for wanting extra staff to help manage her official duties.

Sophie Gregoire was quoted last week in the Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil as saying she feels overwhelmed by the crush of requests from groups that either invite her to speak or ask her to help promote their causes.

She pointed out that she only has one aide to help manage her official duties, noting she must also raise her three young children.

Conservative lawmaker Jason Kenney noted the previous prime minister's wife never complained about her duties.

The hashtags #PrayForSophie, #SophieStrong, #JeSuisSophie are appearing on Twitter.

Trudeau spokesman Olivier Duchesneau said Monday that Gregoire receives an extraordinarily high volume of correspondence and invitations.