Canada's Defence department curbs spending ahead of Federal budget

(CP) - The Canadian Press has learned the Defence department has curbed travel, training and other non-essential activities as the Trudeau government tries to free up millions of dollars for military operations and other more critical tasks.

The department won't get specific, though one estimate puts the figure at around 200-million-dollars.

Spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier says the cost-cutting shows the department's commitment to sound financial management.

Insiders and defence analysts say funding hasn't kept up with the number of missions the military is tackling.