Canada's 'first lady' gets lambasted after asking for additional help

Canada's 'First Lady' Gets Lambasted After Asking for Additional Help

It looks like Canada's "first lady" isn't going to get much of a helping hand from some taxpayers.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is being mocked by the public and politicians alike for telling a French-language news outlet she needs help with the various projects and charities that request her services.

She told Le Soleil, "I want to be everywhere, but I can't. I have three kids at home and I have a husband who is Prime Minister. I need a team to help me serve people."

The hashtag #PrayForSophie started popping up on Twitter after the interview was posted, with sarcastic tweeters suggesting lemonade stands, charity concerts, telethons and more to help Mrs. Trudeau get by.

Photos from Justin and Sophie Trudeau's visit to the White House:

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Canada's 'first lady' gets lambasted after asking for additional help
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada exchange toasts during a State Dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Trudeau is on an official visit to Washington. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: President Barack Obama (C) gives a toast as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and First Lady Sophie Trudeau of Canada look on during a State Dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk from the Oval Office to a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trudeau and Obama met privately in the Oval Office prior to the press conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Canadian first lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau during an arrival ceremony for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not pictured) on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a welcome ceremony during a State Visit on the South Lawn of the White House on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk from the Oval Office to a joint press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama and Trudeau met privately before the press conference. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Canandian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau escorts his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau during an arrival ceremony with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets invited guests during an arrival ceremony with U.S. President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watch as a fife and drum corps performs during a an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the location of the Stanley Cup as he welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama greet visitors as they take part in a welcome ceremony during a State Visit on the South Lawn of the White House on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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"This is really about tax dollars. At the end of the day, anything that requires extra services comes from the taxpayers, so they have to justify it," Rona Ambrose, interim leader of Canada's Conservative Party, told The National.

"If we're going to be talking about being overwhelmed, let's talk about everyday women feeling overwhelmed," Manitoba NDP MP said.

As GlobalNews points out, Canada doesn't technically have a first lady or any required first lady duties, but some prime ministers' spouses in the past have chosen to do charity work and be very visible in the public eye.

The Trudeaus have two publicly-funded nannies and a personal chef, and Mrs. Trudeau has access to a personal assistant.

By comparison, First Lady Michelle Obama has 20-plus staffers.

Luckily for Sophie Trudeau, help could be on the way. The prime minister's office is reportedly looking to add at least one more staffer, but no official hirings have yet taken place.

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