Mayor Ford signs photos during budget debate

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford autographs photos of himself at Toronto city council special meeting to...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford autographs photos of himself at Toronto city council special meeting to consider the 2014 budget on Wednesday January 29, 2014. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

TORONTO -- The city’s 2014 budget debate erupted into shouts and bickering within the first hour.

It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start on the council floor when city councillors started the final debate on the $9.6-billion operating budget on Wednesday morning.

A shouting match between Ford and Councillor Michael Thompson sprang up during the debate over what to talk about first — the 2014 budget or the 2014 tax hike.

“No, you shut up, you shut up,” Ford shouted at Thompson.


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