Mersereau acknowledged that the list will cause heated debate among music fans across the country. "The important part is to talk about Canadian music and enjoy it", he said. "I'd be shocked if there wasn't complaints and arguments and debates."
Mersereau surveyed 600 music journalists, retailers, musicians and disc jockeys of all ages, from all parts of Canada, who each submitted a list of 10 favourite Canadian albums released between 1957 and 2007.
A review from the Montreal Gazette by Juan Rodriquez opines that there was a bias against Quebec artists, particularly francophone Quebec artists. He notes that only 8% of the artists on the list are from Quebec, a province with over 23% of the population of Canada, and he further notes that only 2% of the artists are francophone artists from Quebec, a group that comprises 80% of the population of Quebec and close to 19% of the population of Canada. Rodriquez analyzed Mersereau's list of experts, a group of journalists, artists, DJs, retailers, distributors, and record industry people, and found that only 10% of them were from Quebec, and only 5% were francophones from Quebec. Rodriquez also raises questions about the people who were excluded from Mersereau's list of experts. “Alain Brunet of La Presse – and dean of local French-language music critics – was not asked for his opinions. Indeed, La Presse, Le Journal de Montréal and The Gazette were shut out. Major observers of "la scène locale" like Patrick Baillargeon and Olivier Robillard Laveaux of Voir aren't there.” In his conclusion Rodriquez states, “Mersereau's inability to face all the music created in Canada in a cogent critical manner is disturbing.”