Guy is so restrained he makes federal Conservative Leader Stephen Harper looks like a more affable and effervescent version of Chuckles the Clown. (In fact, he may be the only person in political life in Canada who dislikes and distrusts reporters more than Harper.)
So we were pleasantly surprised to intercept his effusive e-mail announcing changes in the premier's office late Wednesday.
Despite losing well-regarded executive communications director Jim Warren and long-serving strategic manager Meghan Lauber in quick succession Guy put a sunny face on the departures.
"Jim Warren and Meghan Lauber are leaving for new adventures," he enthused in an internal e-mail to press secretaries and other aides.
"First a word about Jim -- Jim is a superb communicator, tactician and political operative -- one of the best I have ever met, but most importantly, he is a good friend. Jim agreed to come for a year to help us re-tool around our communications, some 18 months ago. He and Meghan formed a dynamic one-two punch that led to positive change almost immediately. In August, when his contract came up for renewal, Jim graciously agreed to stay until the new year, and his time with us will come to an end on January 31, 2006. I understand that Jim has an exciting new challenge lined up and will be letting us all know more about it closer to the date of his departure," wrote Guy.
"What can one say about Meghan Lauber? This is one person who has her act together, and she was the perfect point person to provide strategic management of the government's communications program over the past two years. Meghan's capacity for growth has been, and continues to be, unlimited. The thing that has always impressed me about Meg is that she is tough as nails but can light up a room with a smile."