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07/22/2018 14:13 EDT | Updated 07/22/2018 17:58 EDT

Justin Trudeau's Nanny Marian Pueyo Now Has A Full-Time Salary

She still makes less than his chef, though.

Hadrien Trudeau, 3, helps his dad, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tie his shoe as Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and children, Xavier, 10, and Ella-Grace, 9, looks on during a visit to Rajghat Gard in New Delhi, India on Feb. 23, 2018.
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Hadrien Trudeau, 3, helps his dad, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tie his shoe as Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and children, Xavier, 10, and Ella-Grace, 9, looks on during a visit to Rajghat Gard in New Delhi, India on Feb. 23, 2018.

OTTAWA — The nanny hired to care for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's three children has been given a full-time government salary — and a slight pay increase.

The moves were revealed in an order in council issued last week, which sets Marian Pueyo's annual pay between just less than $40,000 to more than $45,000, retroactive to the beginning of April.

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week.

That represents an increase from November 2015, when an order to hire Pueyo as a "special assistant'' was first issued and pegged her pay range from $15 to $20 per hour for days and $11 to $13 per hour for night shifts.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien in Drummondville, Que., on June 23, 2018.

Prime Minister's Office spokeswoman Chantal Gagnon confirmed in an email that Pueyo is now a full-time employee. She also defended the pay boost.

"This first raise since 2015 is in line with the cost of living increase,'' Gagnon said.

Trudeau faced criticism from opposition parties shortly after taking power in November 2015 for having two nannies on the taxpayer's dime to care for his three young children.

Less than a year later, the prime minister ended the employment of one of the women, with no explanation given for her termination.

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Marylou Trayvilla, one of two women who was employed to take care of the Trudeau children in 2015, is seen at left as she joins prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau and family upon their arrival to Rideau Hall for the swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa. Trayvilla is no longer employed as a caretaker for the Trudeau children.

The government's decision to hire a nanny for the prime minister underscores the challenge that many other Canadian families are facing when it comes to proper childcare, said NDP MP Niki Ashton.

"The NDP believes that all children should be well cared for, and that includes the prime minister's family,'' Ashton said in a statement.

"This shows the need for a national child-care strategy to ensure that all children receive safe and adequate care, regardless of their parents' level of income.''

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NDP MP Niki Ashton stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 26, 2018.

Conservative Party spokesman Brock Harrison blasted the prime minister for asking taxpayers to pay for his nanny while Trudeau himself receives "a generous salary.

"During the campaign, Mr. Trudeau told Canadians rich families like his don't need taxpayers to help with their child care,'' Harrison said in an email.

"He should pay for his own nannies.''

The latest order in council was among several that set salaries for longtime workers at the prime minister's residence, including his chef, Che Chartrand, whose annual pay ranges from $68,468 to $79,234, effective July 3.

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