N.B. company loses provincial government contract for aerial surveys

A New Brunswick company has lost a big provincial government contract for aerial surveys. 

The Telegraph-Journal reports that Leading Edge Geomatics, which is based at The Fredericton International Airport, is threatening legal action against the province for awarding the contract to a competing Calgary firm. 

The company has spent the last five years mapping the province, using high-tech lasers from small planes to provide data on forests that's used by industry for planning harvests. 

The Telegraph-Journal reports 80 per cent of New Brunswick's entire land base has already been mapped out by the company. 

Treasury Board President Roger Melanson tells the newspaper that the Alberta firm, Airborne Imaging, was chosen because it offered significant savings while also meeting all of the technical requirements. 

~ With files from The Telegraph-Journal.