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Privacy Commissioner Bruce Phillips is shown on July 13, 1993.

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Former journalist and federal privacy commissioner Bruce Phillips has died. He was 84.

A statement from his family says he died of kidney failure on Saturday in Penticton, B.C. The statement says he suffered a stroke in June.

Phillips worked for a number of media outlets during his career including CTV news in the 1970s and 80s. Among his other duties, he was host of the CTV show Question Period.

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He later served as Canada's privacy commissioner between 1991 and 2000.

Phillips was invested in the Order of Canada in 2010.

After leaving the office of the privacy commissioner, Phillips retired to B.C.'s Okanagan region to be near his two daughters.

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